Mario Van Peebles' half-documentary/half-homage to his father Melvin Van Peebles' movie Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971).

Director:

Mario Van Peebles

Writers:

Melvin Van Peebles (book), Mario Van Peebles (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mario Van Peebles ... Melvin Van Peebles
Joy Bryant ... Priscilla
T.K. Carter ... Bill Cosby
Terry Crews ... Big T
Ossie Davis ... Granddad
David Alan Grier ... Clyde Houston
Nia Long ... Sandra
Paul Rodriguez ... Jose Garcia
Saul Rubinek ... Howard 'Howie' Kaufman
Vincent Schiavelli ... Jerry
Khleo Thomas ... Mario
Rainn Wilson ... Bill Harris
Karimah Westbrook ... Ginnie
Len Lesser ... Manny & Mort Goldberg
Sally Struthers ... Roz
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Storyline

Melvin Van Peebles stunned the world for the first time, with his debut feature, The Story of a Three Day Pass. Filmed in France and selected as the French entry in the San Francisco Film Festival, Melvin's film was awarded the top prize. Saying it was controversial would be an understatement. In 1968 for a black man to walk up to the podium and accept the top festival award for a film he had to go abroad to make--now that's how you make your mark. After his comedy, Watermelon Man, Melvin was determined to push the Hollywood boundaries with the groundbreaking, and even more controversial, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song. Turned down by every major studio including Columbia, where he had a three-picture deal, Melvin was forced to basically self-finance. Risking everything he had, Melvin delivered to the world the first Black Ghetto hero on the big screen--whether they were ready or not. More than 30 years later, history is being fashioned again in the telling of this very tale. Mario... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Taglines:

A father. A son. A revolution.

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language and some strong sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Troy Garity appears uncredited as the singer Donovan. See more »

Goofs

Forty-seven minutes into the film, Van Peebles hands his lead actress a few fifties to be in his film and they are the new $50 bills. See more »

Quotes

Melvin Van Peebles: Is this something negative, Priscilla? Because if it's negative, I can't even deal with it right now. I'm a broke, pissed off nigger from Chicago, and I'm down to my last cigar.
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Crazy Credits

Real-life participants of the production of "Sweet Sweetback's..." give testimony during the closing credits, including Earth, Wind & Fire founding member Maurice White, who confirmed the "bounced check" story. Melvin Van Peebles himself appears onscreen when the credits finish. See more »

Connections

Featured in Anatomy of a Scene: Baadasssss (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Up & Down
Performed by Niki J. Crawford
New Dog Old Trix Publishing, Country Girl Entertainment
Written by (c) Adam Hirsh, Niki J. Crawford
Courtesy of Treehouse Music Inc., Country Girl Entertainment
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baaaaddddddaaaaassss
8 May 2005 | by skyhowlSee all my reviews

Man this one was awesome,the movie just blew me away!As a black man and a movie buff i always knew about melvin van peebles and his great contribution, not just to ethnic filmmakers but to all entertainment as a whole.This man was 1 of the pioneer who truly changed entertainment as we know it.Filmmakers of less talent and courage get credit and attention while a man of true importance gets ignored.This was one of the most inspirational movies i have ever seen(view from the top was another)if you have a dream,i don't care what it is, this movie will make you want to push to the max to achieve it!great movie check it french


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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 2005 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Badass See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,331, 30 May 2004

Gross USA:

$365,727

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$365,727
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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