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Original Gangstas (1996)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 10 May 1996 (USA)
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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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Bookman
... Jake Trevor
... Laurie Thompson
... Reverend Dorsey
... Gracie Bookman
Oscar Brown Jr. ... Marvin Bookman
... Slick
... Bubba
... Spyro
Eddie Bo Smith Jr. ... Damien
Dru Down ... Kayo
... Dink
... Detective Slatten
... Mayor
... Michael Casey
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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 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!


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Rated R for non-stop violence and pervasive strong language | See all certifications »
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10 May 1996 (USA)  »

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Hot City  »

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$4,800,000 (estimated)

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$3,014,000
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Trivia

The scene with the two police cars exploding is lifted directly from RoboCop 2 (1990) - also an Orion picture. See more »

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

Quotes

Blood: What the hell is this? What the fuck was this? I know that was Damien's motherfucking car.Damien that's your ass, Mr. Big cueball head motherfucker and Spryo you high yellow bitch! Come over here fucking with me and my people! What the fuck y'all standing around for huh, what the fuck is your problem. Yeah this mean's WAR MOTHERFUCKER!
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Referenced in Intimate Portrait: Pam Grier (1999) See more »

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Inner City Blues
Performed by Ideal & The Chi-Lites
Produced by Bishop 'Stick' Burrell Sr. for 2 Hard 2 Touch Productions Inc.
Written by Marvin Gaye - James Nyx (as James Nyx Jr.) and Bishop Burrell - Ruben Nero
Publishing: Jobete Music Co., Inc. (ASCAP)/Bishtick Music (BMI)
Chi-Lites appear courtesy of Brunswick Records
Ideal appears courtesy of NooTrybe Records
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A veteran cast make this worth watching
27 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

A veteran cast make this update of the blaxploitation genre worth watching. Fred Williamson (Black Caesar), Jim Brown (Slaughter), Pam Grier (Coffy/Foxy Brown), Richard Roundtree (Shaft) and Ron O'Neal (Superfly) join forces to combat the newer, younger version of the same gang they formed some twenty years prior. Not enough Roundtree or O'Neal and barely enough action but a decent enough entry. For fans of the genre.


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