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Death of a Snowman (1976)

A white cop and a black reporter join forces to investigate apparent vigilante killings in the South African underworld.


Christopher Rowley


Bima Stagg

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nigel Davenport ... Lt. Deel
Ken Gampu ... Chaka
Peter Dyneley ... Captain
Bima Stagg Bima Stagg ... Johnson
Madala Mphahlele Madala Mphahlele ... Luther 'Snowman' Daniels
Morrison Gampu Morrison Gampu ... Pops
Joe Lopes Joe Lopes ... Chops
Hal Orlandini Hal Orlandini ... Jim
Steve Cohen Steve Cohen ... Steve
Stuart Brown Stuart Brown ... Alcock
Karen Pooe Karen Pooe ... Prostitute
Jack Fisher Jack Fisher ... Sun Hing
Moira Downie Moira Downie ... Heather
Miriam Mthlose Miriam Mthlose ... Charley
Tullio Moneta Tullio Moneta ... Tullio


A white cop and a black reporter join forces to investigate apparent vigilante killings in the South African underworld.

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A 70's Blaxploitation Classic! See more »


Action | Crime


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South Africa



Release Date:

September 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soul Patrol See more »

Filming Locations:

Johannesburg, South Africa See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Sloppy semi-blaxploitation with a touch of excitement
13 December 2005 | by KnatLouieSee all my reviews

I found this movie in the bargain-bin at my local Blockbuster, where it was available in a very old cassette (where it said VHS/Video 2000/Beta Max on the cover), and the title was 'The Hunt for Mr. Clean' in danish.

It took about an hour of playing time before this so-called 'Mr. Clean' would show up, and it was only as a pseudonym for Luther 'Snowman' Daniels, who was played by Madala Mphahlele, who apparently hasn't done any movies before or since this one. He plays a gangster who had some kind of connection with real-life gangster Joey Gallo, who got shot in 1972. (The cover of the film describes this movie as the main character being Joey Gallo chasing Mr. Clean, totally wrong and bizarre writings, kinda funny) - And Nigel Davenport who played Lt. Ben Deel, the cop on the case was only in the movie for about 15 minutes or so, the main hero is Ken Gampu who plays the journalist Steve Chaka, who has cracked down the entire case by himself, but the police don't trust him anymore, so he can't tell them anything about the information. Bima Stagg, who wrote this, has a role as Johnson in this movie, but I can't remember who he was. The most interesting character was a poor mans Donald Sutherland (with the big beard and long hair), who went around and killed a lot of people, but apparently he wasn't very important for the plot, since he suddenly was removed halfway in the movie.

All in all, there was a lot of muddled fights and chases, which annoyed me quite a lot, since you couldn't see what the heck was going on (say, ten black men fighting in a dark basement with poor lighting isn't very fun to watch, unless you like playing guessing-games) But I have to give it at least 4 of 10, since it had a lot of cool shoot-outs, and Asian mobsters in South Africa, plus two guys with HUGE Afros talking to each other, which made me laugh. It is quite rare, so you're lucky if you can find it. It isn't very likely that this will be released on DVD in the near future (or ever), so the VCR's (videoplayers) can't be deemed redundant yet.

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