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Youngblood (1978)

R | | Action, Drama | 24 May 1978 (USA)
A gang war/drug story set in a Los Angeles ghetto about the coming of age of a 15-year-old black youth. In HD.

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Noel Nosseck
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs ... Rommel (as Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs)
Bryan O'Dell Bryan O'Dell ... Youngblood
Renn Woods ... Sybil (as Ren Woods)
Tony Allen Tony Allen ... Hustler
Vince Cannon ... Corelli
Art Evans ... Junkie
Jeff Hollis Jeff Hollis ... Pusher
David Pendleton ... Reggie
Ron Trice Ron Trice ... Bummie
Sheila Wills Sheila Wills ... Joan
Ralph Farquhar ... Geronimo
Herb Rice ... Durango (as Herbert Rice)
Lionel Mark Smith Lionel Mark Smith ... Chaka (as Lionel Smith)
Maurice Sneed Maurice Sneed ... Skeeter-Jeeter
Ann Weldon Ann Weldon ... Mrs. Gordon
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A gang war/drug story set in a Los Angeles ghetto about the coming of age of a 15-year-old black youth. In HD.

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If you live through the gang wars, the pushers, the back-alley deathtraps... YOU GONNA BE A STAR!

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Action | Drama

Certificate:

R
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1978 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Cinema 77 See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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The entire soundtrack was performed by the band WAR. See more »

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After Bummie (Ron Trice) is killed, you can still see him breathing. See more »

Soundtracks

Me and Baby Brother
Performed by War
Courtesy of Far Out Productions and United Artist Records
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Decent black action thrills
16 January 2003 | by John SealSee all my reviews

Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs was the box office draw, but the focus of Youngblood is actually the title character, played with reasonable conviction by What's Happening! semi-regular Bryan O'Dell. He's a not so street smart kid who wants to run with the Kingsmen, a local gang headed by Hilton-Jacobs, a returned Vietnam vet. The Kingsmen spend a lot of time drinking, beating up rival gang members, and abusing each other, but that doesn't mean they don't have a social conscience: when they lose a member to smack, the hunt is on for the dope pushers peddling junk in the 'hood. The story is familiar but is helped along by a uniformly good cast. War's score is excellent, especially the title track and Galaxy, featured in a disco scene heavily reminiscent of Soooooouuullllll Train. Watch for Ron Neal (Superfly) in a brief cameo as a high school gym teacher.


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