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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 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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Rated R for non-stop violence and pervasive strong language | See all certifications »
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$4,800,000 (estimated)

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$3,014,000
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Larry Cohen: [phone booth] Kenny gets gunned down in a phone booth. See more »

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When John and Jake do a drive-by at the steel mill in an attempt to start the gang war, several fires in barrels are burning. When they make their second pass, the smoke and fire can be seen going backwards, back into the barrels. See more »

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Mayor: [On the phone] The Reb's hit the Diablo's and they're getting ready to retaliate right, we're looking at all-out war here,now listen I don't want any of our police officer's caught in a cross-fire you understand? No Mike, no no no you are going to be here I'm going to be in a Mayor's convention in New Orleans for the next five day's.
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Referenced in Intimate Portrait: Pam Grier (1999) See more »

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Hit the Gas
Performed by 3X Krazy
Produced by Tone Capone for Dollars & Spenc Productions
Co-Produced by One Drop Scott
Written by Tone Capone (as Anthony Gilmour), Lamore Jacks, Charles Williams, Ramone Curtis, One Drop Scott (as Scott Roberts)
Publishing: True Science Publishing (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Str8 Game Records
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Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em
11 June 2014 | by See 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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