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


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Melvin Van Peebles
Bill Cosby
Big T
Clyde Houston
Jose Garcia
Howard 'Howie' Kaufman
Bill Harris
Manny & Mort Goldberg
Working Girl
Ralph P. Martin ...
Tommy David (as Ralph Martin)
Bob Maxwell
Angry Brother
Detroit J
Angel Muse
Large Brother
Black Journalist
Tyrone M. Mitchell ...
Alan James Morgan ...
Excited Lady (as Robin Wilson)
Paul Roach ...
Pimpy Paul
Marley Van Peebles ...
Trick or Treater
Maya Van Peebles ...
Trick or Treater
Trick or Treater
Trick or Treater (as Craig Jones)
Anthony Rodriguez ...
Camera Assistant
Robert Yosses ...
Script Supervisor
Crew Member
Michele Hill ...
Biker Girl
Les Miller ...
Robert Primes ...
Union Thug (as Bob Primes)
Buzzxsassy ...
Union Thug
Rey Riogo ...
Union Thug
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brent Schaeffer ...
Megan Van Peebles ...

Directed by

Mario Van Peebles

Written by

Melvin Van Peebles ... (book "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song: A Guerilla Filmmaking Manifesto")
Mario Van Peebles ... (screenplay) &
Dennis Haggerty ... (screenplay)

Produced by

Bruce Wayne Gillies ... line producer
Dennis Haggerty ... associate producer / co-producer
Tobie Haggerty ... associate producer / co-executive producer
Michael Mann ... executive producer
Jerry Offsay ... executive producer
G. Marq Roswell ... co-producer
Mario Van Peebles ... producer
Tal Vigderson ... co-producer

Music by

Tyler Bates

Cinematography by

Robert Primes ... director of photography

Editing by

Nneka Goforth
Anthony Miller

Editorial Department

Patrick S. Clark ... post-production coordinator (as Patrick Clark)
Tim King ... executive in charge of post-production
Amy B. Melendez ... post-production assistant
Jay Melzer ... digital editor
Nathan Novero ... assistant editor
Tom Overton ... colorist
Robert C. Rodriguez ... assistant editor / on-line editor: HDTV
Michael Stahlberg ... assistant editor

Casting By

Anya Colloff
Amy McIntyre Britt

Production Design by

Alan E. Muraoka

Art Direction by

Jorge Borrelli ... (as Jorge Gonzalez Borrelli)

Set Decoration by

Galit Reuben

Costume Design by

Kara Saun

Makeup Department

Kokeeta Douglas ... hair stylist / makeup designer
Pat Harris ... assistant hair stylist (as Patricia Harris) / assistant makeup artist (as Patricia Harris)
Denise Pugh-Ruiz ... assistant hair stylist (as Denise Ruiz) / assistant makeup artist (as Denise Ruiz)
Mark Starr ... assistant hair stylist / assistant makeup artist
Gianni Thomas ... assistant hair stylist (as Gianni) / assistant makeup artist (as Gianni)

Production Management

Bruce Wayne Gillies ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Tamu Blackwell ... second second assistant director
Rachel Dickson ... second assistant director (as Rachel M.S. Dickson)
Bruce Wayne Gillies ... first assistant director / second unit director
Brian Rosett ... additional second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Jake Blecha ... leadman
Mark Henderson ... art department intern
Kevin Hummel ... swing gang
Robert Hummel ... assistant property master (as Bob Hummel)
Ryan Kriss ... swing gang
Dana MacDuff ... property master
Jeff Powers ... graphic designer
Jeffrey Powers ... graphic artist
Roni Spitzer ... buyer

Sound Department

Hennie Britton ... foley recordist
Derrick Cloud ... boom operator
Benjamin L. Cook ... supervising sound editor (as Benjamin Cook)
Carlos Delarios ... additional sound re-recording mixer
Paul Demers ... foley assistant
Alan Freedman ... adr mixer
Robert Getty ... dialogue editor
Frederick Howard ... sound effects editor (as Fred Howard)
Craig Jurkiewicz ... sound effects editor
Michael Keeping ... foley artist (as Michael P. Keeping)
Dave Kustin ... assistant sound editor
David Parker ... sound mixer
Jason Schmid ... re-recording mixer
Anne Slack ... sound effects editor (as Anne-Marie Slack)
Brian Slack ... re-recording mixer

Special Effects by

Beverley Hartigan ... special effects (as Beverly Hartigan)
John C. Hartigan ... special effects (as John Hartigan)
Albert Lannutti ... special effects (as Albert Lanutti)

Visual Effects by

Craig Kuehne ... digital compositor


Kim Robert Koscki ... stunt coordinator (as Kim Koscki)

Camera and Electrical Department

Marty Boger ... grip
Paul Cuffee ... gaffer (as Paul Cuffe)
Ian Dodd ... camera operator: "a" camera
Frank Gardner ... best boy
Paul Gibilisco ... second assistant camera
Steve Gurklys ... videographer: behind-the-scenes
Freeman Hardin ... electrician
Kaiser 'Kai' Kim ... electrician (as Kaiser Ki-Pyo Kim)
Dan Kneece ... camera operator: "b" camera / steadicam operator
Steven Mann ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
John T. Martin ... key grip
Johnny W. Martin ... key grip (as Johnny Martin)
Skip Mobley ... second assistant camera
Michael O'Connor ... still photographer
Heather Page ... camera operator
Cricket Peters ... best girl electric (as Crickett Peters)
Ann Rosencrans ... electrician
Omari Thomas ... electrician
Gary Katsuya Ushino ... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Gary Ushino)
Michael Valenzuela ... grip
Charly Winzer ... grip
Jason Wood ... electrician
Dan Kneece ... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Gary Katsuya Ushino ... digital imaging technician (uncredited)

Casting Department

Laura Cataldo ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Erick Anderson ... wardrobe assistant
Kassie Byrd ... wardrobe intern
Tasha Monique Carter ... on-set costumer
Tanya Sanchez ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

William Clark Coit III ... location manager (as William Coit)
Robert Lewis ... location assistant

Music Department

Tree Adams ... composer: additional music
Christopher S. Parker ... music coordination and clearances (as Chris Parker)
Mark Robertson ... musician contractor
G. Marq Roswell ... music supervisor
Adam Swart ... music coordination and clearances
Frank Macchia ... musician: sax and flute (uncredited)
Garth Trinidad ... music supervisor (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Dale V. Franz ... script supervisor (as Dale Franz)

Transportation Department

Matthew Ballard ... transportation coordinator
Julius M. Fletcher ... driver (as Julius Fletcher)
Mark Garrett ... driver

Additional Crew

Luis Brito ... caterer
Marty Carlin ... studio teacher (as Martin Carlin)
John Carlson ... digital transfer engineer
Laura Collier ... assistant production accountant
Nathan Crum ... digital utility
André Devantier ... caterer (as Andre Devantier)
Rex Dominguez ... set production assistant
Kevin Dreher ... production assistant
Phil Eisenhower ... studio teacher
Jena English ... researcher
Guy Flint ... studio teacher
Jose Garcia ... consultant
Mimi Gillies ... production coordinator
Kristina Granai ... craft service assistant
S.J. Granai ... craft service (as Stephanie Granai)
Jennifer Hill ... animal wrangler
Meica Kelly ... office production assistant
Kanchan Kurichh ... production assistant
Michael Matus ... medic (as Michael Matis)
Keana McGee ... assistant production coordinator
Jaime R. Mejia ... production assistant (as Jaime Mejia)
Jeff Milcheck ... production assistant (as Jeff Millcheck)
Les Miller ... assistant: Mr. Van Peebles
Karl Mitchell ... animal trainer
Bobbie Nanfito ... animal wrangler
Shonta Odom ... office intern
Stella Pacific ... studio teacher
Gregory Pacificar ... production assistant
Enjoli Rountree ... production assistant (as Anjoli Rountree)
Raul Sanchez ... animal wrangler
Jessica Shannon ... production accountant
Sabrina Sipantzi Ballard ... life guard (as Sabrina Ballard)
Michael Thomas ... office intern
Tom Vice ... account service representative
Keana McGee ... production secretary (uncredited)
Chad Tomasoski ... title designer (uncredited)


Eothen Alapatt ... special thanks: Stone Throw Records
Marc-Magnum Davis ... special thanks
Pamela Gordon ... in memory of
Darrell R. Grimes ... the producers wish to thank
Stephen A. Housden ... special thanks (as Steve Housden)
Vicki Letizia ... special thanks
Summer Mann ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

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 Van Peebles, Melvin's son, directs an honest and revealing portrait of his pioneering father. Mario now tells the story of the making of Melvin Van Peebles' landmark 1971 film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, including Melvin's struggles to raise money to fund the film under the guise of creating a black porno film. Melvin had ducked creditors, the unions and had to bail out his camera crew after they were arrested because a white cop decided a bunch of Negroes and hippies couldn't have come by that camera equipment honestly. Despite death threats and temporarily losing sight in one eye, Melvin somehow managed to whip into shape a rag-tag, multi-racial crew and finish the film that would give birth to birth of a new era which was about to explode: Independent Black Cinema. Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Keywords
Taglines A father. A son. A revolution. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Baadasssss! (United States)
  • Gettin' the Man's Foot Outta Your Baadasssss! (United States)
  • Badass (United States)
  • Baadasssss! (Canada, English title)
  • Baadasssss! (World-wide, English title)
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  • 109 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $60,432, 30 May 2004

Did You Know?

Trivia During a July 2004 interview with Terry Gross on the National Public Radio program "Fresh Air," Mario van Peebles explained that he did not want to put any child actor in the same position he was put in on the set of Sweet Sweetback's Badaaasss Song, especially because he felt like, as a thirteen-year-old, his father had given him no choice but to participate in a sex scene with a much older woman--partly by threatening to confiscate the bicycle he had received as a Christmas present if he didn't perform. "I didn't enjoy it at all. I didn't want to be in that scene. I didn't want to have to give that bike back--that bike had a banana seat!...I didn't want to make anyone do that scene twice, so in Baadasssss! I just used the original footage of me as a kid in Sweetback during that scene. So the kid I cast [Khleo Thomas] wasn't going to have to do anything like that. And that's just something that I wanted to do--I said, 'well, I'm not going to repeat, do unto someone else what I didn't like having done unto me. ' But I did want to show the scene because I thought it was a point in my life, and it just showed something interesting about Melvin, that he was sort of like that 'Great Santini-esque' father--almost that which does not kill in a Nietzsche-esque way you makes you stronger." See more »
Goofs When the world premiere sells out at the end, Van Peebles walks down the aisle and the audience on his right are cheering the movie and their arms disappear in the aisle. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Baadasssss (2004). See more »
Soundtracks Damn All the Fallacies See more »
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 »
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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