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Abar (1977)

PG | | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi | March 1977 (USA)
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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James Smalley (screenplay), James Smalley (story) | 1 more credit »
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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

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Abar: And as I said, over and over again, it's time for our so-called leaders and our black elected politicians - to get off their rumps!
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Absolutely horrible, though in a "fun" way
6 October 2010 | by stevenfallonnycSee all my reviews

"Abar, The First Black Superman" sounds good due to the title, but really this is a huge mess of a film, even though it is fun to watch (despite the brutality).

A black family led by an established and successful doctor (nice new shiny Caddy he has) moves into a very nice (a.k.a. "white") neighborhood, where they encounter racism by pretty much everyone who is white. Right away, all the whiteys are picketing, tossing trash on the property, and even calling their little black children names like "picaninny," before escalating to much worse things, such as trying to blow up the house, attempted rape, and much worse.

The movie is actually racist in that it makes every single white person racist against blacks, even when (not to give anything away) really bad things happen to the black family. There's not a single white person in the whole movie that pretty much wouldn't fit right at home with KKK.

Anyhows, Abar and his militant black gang take care of various whiteys and Abar himself stays at the family's home to protect them (because he's being paid). All the while, he complains that the doctor he is protecting turned his back on "the brothers" by moving into whitey's 'hood. It turns out the doc is working on a serum to give someone superhuman powers, and Abar finally takes it and becomes a superhero.

But does he perform feats of strength and become a crime fighter? Despite what it looks like, no. Instead, his powers consist of making a constant "swoosh" noise every time he does something seemingly supernatural, and these things are downright hilarious. He sees a bunch of bums drinking wine bottles, which he turns into milk bottles. He sees teenagers getting high and wasting time, so he turns them into college graduates (complete with the outfit!). He sees a preacher get into his big shiny new car, which he turns into a horse and carriage (which the crowd outside with the preacher doesn't find odd at all apparently). He then causes grief for various bad whiteys around town. He does stop one crime - he makes a purse-snatcher keep running until he's exhausted and he returns the purse.

There is a downright hilarious scene near the end, where this mean 'ol (very attractive) white woman finally apologizes to the black family, only to then reveal a startling revelation!

The acting (especially the doctor) is totally abysmal (hilarious) and most of these people only appeared in this film. If you like movies that are so bad that they are good, this is definitely one to watch.


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