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Original Gangstas (1996)

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Marvin Bookman is a small shop owner in Gary, Indiana, USA. After he sees a drive-by shooting of Laurie Thompson's son by a local gang, he gives up the license number of the car to the ... See full summary »

Directors:

Larry Cohen, Fred Williamson (uncredited)

Writer:

Aubrey K. Rattan (as Aubrey Rattan)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Williamson ... John Bookman
Jim Brown ... Jake Trevor
Pam Grier ... Laurie Thompson
Paul Winfield ... Reverend Dorsey
Isabel Sanford ... Gracie Bookman
Oscar Brown Jr. Oscar Brown Jr. ... Marvin Bookman
Richard Roundtree ... Slick
Ron O'Neal ... Bubba
Christopher B. Duncan ... Spyro
Eddie Bo Smith Jr. Eddie Bo Smith Jr. ... Damien
Dru Down Dru Down ... Kayo
Shyheim Franklin ... Dink
Robert Forster ... Detective Slatten
Charles Napier ... Mayor
Wings Hauser ... Michael Casey
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Storyline

Marvin Bookman is a small shop owner in Gary, Indiana, USA. After he sees a drive-by shooting of Laurie Thompson's son by a local gang, he gives up the license number of the car to the police. The gang doesn't like this so they go to the store and rough him up. Soon, John Bookman comes to town to set the wrong things right. With the help of Laurie and his old friend Jake, they attempt to take back the streets and show the new breed of gang members what the true originals can do. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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The original bad boys are stepping up in '96!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for non-stop violence and pervasive strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hot City See more »

Filming Locations:

East Chicago, Indiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,014,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Po' Boy Productions See more »
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DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The F word is said 103 times. See more »

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Camera crew shadow visible during the fight at the abandoned steel mill. See more »

Quotes

Rafael - Guns Dealer: I did not know what Spryo wanted, so I brought a taste of everything?
John Bookman: [Inspecting gun's] All right. Looks good to me we'll take it all.
Dink: Spyro and Damien they gonna love this shit!
Rafael - Guns Dealer: That's alot of merchandise there, but because it is for the Reb's I will give it to you for a very special price only $18,000.
Dink: Fuck that, Spyro said 15 for everything that's it.
John Bookman: [to Dink] Get it, 15,000 what we got. You can keep the bag too.
Dink: [Gives Rafael the money bag] it's all there.
Rafael - Guns Dealer: So are the Reb's having a war or ...
[...]
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Referenced in Intimate Portrait: Pam Grier (1999) See more »

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War's On
Performed by The Almighty RSO featuring Mobb Deep
Produced by Havoc
Written by Benzino (as Ray dog), E-Devious, Prodigy, Tony Rhome
Publishing: P. Noid Publishing/Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc. (BMI), Big T-Rock Music (ASCAP), Juvenile Hell (BMI), BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP)
The Almighty RSO appear courtesy of Surrender Records, Inc.
Mobb Deep appear courtesy of Loud Records/The RCA Records Label
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Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em
11 June 2014 | by BobJenkinsPhDSee all my reviews

From the swaggy gentlemen at Po' Boy Productions, comes "Original Gangstas", a film that is as engrossing as it is hilarious. This painfully average film almost manages to keep the viewers glued to their seats for decent portions of the movie.

Fred "The Hammer" Williamson headlines what could be described as a surprisingly good cast, at least in terms of blaxploitation standards. At the ripe age of 58, Fred has shown no signs of slowing down, and I was extremely impressed at the old man's youthfulness and his flair for kicking ass. Fred is joined by industry mediumweights Pam Grier, Jim Brown, & Richard Roundtree.

The movie takes place in the Hammer's hometown of Gary, Indiana. When a bunch of young, ignorant pranksters initiate a crime wave within the city, the Hammer decides to take matters into his own hands. The storyline is pretty solid, and the veteran actors turn in decent performances.

On the other hand, the younger guys in this movie didn't seem to know how to act at all. They weren't very believable, and "Dru Down" deserves a special mention, as he may be one of the worst actors I've ever seen. This ignoramus couldn't act his way out of a paper bag. A department store mannequin would have sufficed. With that said, the dialogue is above average. This film is full of great one-liners you can playfully recite with your friends while conversing at Chuck-E-Cheese. The action scenes were rough but entertaining. There is a scene where the Hammer round-house kicks a guy to the face, which causes the victim to conveniently land on a randomly placed mattress.

At times, this movie comes off like it was produced by some Mickey Mouse operation based out of the Cayman Islands. We're not dealing with a cinematic masterpiece here, folks. Nevertheless, this film will suffice for a day in order to cure boredom. However, if you're a fan of the Hammer, or blaxploitation films, or hilarious fight scenes, then you'll enjoy this movie.


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