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Upon moving into a bigoted neighborhood, the scientist father of a persecuted black family gives a superpower elixir to a tough bodyguard, who thus becomes a superpowered crimefighter.

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Frank Packard

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
J. Walter Smith J. Walter Smith ... Dr. Kincade
Tobar Mayo Tobar Mayo ... Abar
Roxie Young Roxie Young ... Mrs. Kincade
Gladys Lum Gladys Lum ... Debbie Kincade
Tony Rumford Tony Rumford ... Tommie Kincade
Rupert Williams Rupert Williams ... Jim Kincade
Tina James Tina James ... Susan Kincade (as Lonnie James)
Art Jackson Art Jackson ... Dudley
Allen Ogle Allen Ogle ... Peabody
Joe Alberti Joe Alberti ... Hunt
Dee Turguand Dee Turguand ... Mabel
Nelson Meeker Nelson Meeker ... Mayor
William Carrol Jr. William Carrol Jr. ... Marco
James Dickson James Dickson ... Tough
Richard Corrigan Richard Corrigan ... Councilman
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Upon moving into a bigoted neighborhood, the scientist father of a persecuted black family gives a superpower elixir to a tough bodyguard, who thus becomes a superpowered crimefighter.

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Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abar: Black Superman See more »

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Jos-To Productions See more »
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Mono

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Color
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Blanche: Look at that car! That alone must have cost a fortune.
Mabel: They must be the chauffeur and maid.
Blanche: They don't look like servants to me, Mabel. You don't think the agent sold to niggers do you? I think they must be our new neighbors!
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Alternate Versions

The run time of the VHS release titled In Your Face is about 17 minutes shorter than Abar, The First Black Superman issued on DVD. Among the cuts are several entire scenes depicting Abar's performance of miracles. See more »

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Horrible, But Not Enough to be Fun
15 November 2015 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Although my review of this movie is rendered more difficult by the poor print that was offered last night on TCM, I am in substantial agreement with the other reviewers: it's awful in all departments, from the script, the acting, the music -- for a while I thought they were ripping off Lalo Schifrin's classic Mission Impossible theme for the Black motorcycle gang -- and the set design; I can't get the cathouse red from the living room out of my eyes. A poor print and muffled sound track makes it more difficult to make an assessment, but I have watched a lot of bad prints in my time.

Where I differ from the other reviewers is their insistence that this is so bad that it's fun. It isn't. Perhaps if it shows up on Riftrax, some fun might be had, but it's shooting fish in a barrel. Save your time for a nap, or for a barrel of fish.


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