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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.


Frank Packard


James Smalley (screenplay), James Smalley (story) | 1 more credit »




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


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








Release Date:

March 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abar: Black Superman See more »

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Production Co:

Jos-To Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


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 »


Referenced in Missing Reel: Blaxploitation (2014) See more »

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With powers and abilities far beyond the guy from Krypton
3 April 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

With a cast of people that you've never heard of Abar, The First Black Superman is a film right out of the 70s, those fashions and those Afros date it as nothing else could. It's a story that I thought was going to be a social commentary then it became surreal science fiction.

A black family named Kinkade where the father is a research scientist moves into an exclusive all white neighborhood where there's nothing subtle about their bigotry. Offering his protection to them is a guy named Abar who is a young community activist and looks as fit as the Rock is now. They suffer a lot of despicable acts and one family tragedy and all because dad wants to be near his work.

As it turns out his work is developing a super being and Abar is recruited as the prototype. I think the creators of this film were inspired by Gary Lockwood's performance in that classic Star Trek episode where a pair of the Enterprise crew were zapped going through a nebula and get God like abilities. That's what Abar gets and you can judge for yourself how wisely he uses them.

I'm not sure where this takes place. Hints that it's a southern location are in the story, but the photography screams California. The acting here is on a grade school level. The mad scientist looks like a bad version of Morgan Freeman without a 10th of his abilities.

Strange, but very bad movie.

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