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Black Dynamite (2009)

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Black Dynamite is the greatest African-American action star of the 1970s. When his only brother is killed by The Man, it's up to him to find justice.

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Scott Sanders

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Michael Jai White (screenplay), Byron Minns (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phyllis Applegate ... Aunt Billy
Obba Babatundé ... Osiris (as Obba Babatunde)
William Bassett ... Captain Yancy
Troy Lindsey Brown Troy Lindsey Brown ... Kid #1
Fredella Calloway ... Waitress
Cheryl Carter Cheryl Carter ... Black Dynamite's Mother
Juka Ceesay Juka Ceesay ... Valet Girl (as Juka Cesay)
Kevin Chapman ... O'Leary
Tommy Davidson ... Cream Corn
Lucky Davis Lucky Davis ... Paperboy
Nicholas Earley Nicholas Earley ... Neighborhood Kid
Richard Edson ... Dino
Jason Jack Edwards ... Soul Brother (as Jason Jack Edwards)
Jon Kent Ethridge Jon Kent Ethridge ... 12 year old Black Dynamite
Mary Evans Mary Evans ... Woman at table
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Storyline

This is the story of 1970s African-American action legend Black Dynamite. The Man killed his brother, pumped heroin into local orphanages, and flooded the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor. Black Dynamite was the one hero willing to fight The Man all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hallowed halls of the Honky House.. Written by Anonymous

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He's a powder keg of black fury that's about to explode! See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality/nudity, language, some violence and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Dynamite - yhden miehen armeija See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$131,862, 18 October 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$228,477, 25 October 2009
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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James McManus (Richard Nixon) practiced using the nunchuks six hours a day to prepare for his role. See more »

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The boom microphone is visible several times on the top of the frame. Usually if a boom mic is visible in a finished film, it is either because of a mistake made by the filmmakers during shooting or (much more frequently) a mistake made by the projectionist at the movie theater - but in the case of this movie, the mic being visible is a joke meant to parody the lack of film production expertise on the sets of the original "blaxploitation" movies that this movie is referencing. See more »

Quotes

Bullhorn: Man, you guys ain't had no waffles like these. These waffles are so good, they're like they come from down South. These buttery motherfuckers will melt in your mouth. Man you ain't had no waffles...
Black Dynamite: Wait! Bullhorn, what did you just say? You said, 'Melts in your mouth'. Quick...
[erases the restaurant menu blackboard]
Black Dynamite: What else melts in your mouth?
Cream Corn: M&M's!
Black Dynamite: Exactly. And not in your hands. And who makes M&M's?
Militant #3: Mars Candy Company make it. Yeah, yeah.
Black Dynamite: And Mars is also...
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One of the better comedies of this year.
17 October 2009 | by thetheatreintheroundSee all my reviews

Here's a film that would have fit perfectly with the 2007 release of Grindhouse. I wish that Black Dynamite had been worked on enough so that a trailer would have been featured along with the faux trailers in Grindhouse. (Although one of those faux trailers, Machete, is being made into a full-length feature.) Michael Jai White (who is probably best known by many as Spawn or as the ill-fated gangster, Gambol, from The Dark Knight) is excellent as Black Dynamite. White is not only an excellent action star, but he's also got great comedic timing. His deadpan delivery mixed in with very impressive martial arts abilities are worth the price of admission for this flick. White channels Richard Roundtree, Robert Hooks, Fred Williamson, and yet he makes the role his own. How White hasn't become a prominent action star, much like Jason Statham, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jet Li, Tony Jaa, and so on is a complete mystery to me. I hope that this is a breakout role for him.

One of my favorite characters in this film is Bullhorn (played by Byron Minns). He's the film's answer to Rudy Ray Moore, rhymes and all. For those who have seen Dolemite, you'll know what I'm talking about. (He also narrated the hilarious trailers for the movie.) The film features a cast full of what's his faces. Richard Edson (Stranger than Paradise and Do the Right Thing) has a brief role in the film. Mykelti Williamson (Bubba from Forrest Gump) plays one of the villains, Chicago Wind. Mike Starr (Goodfellas and Dumb & Dumber) plays the mob leader. Arsenio Hall, of all people, plays a coked out hustler named Tasty Freeze. Tommy Davidson, with a head of curly hair, appears as one of Black Dyamite's sidekicks, Cream Corn.

This film is a throwback to the 70's, with the classics of Blaxploitation. It not only has a lot of laughs, but I also felt that the movie essentially became a Blaxploitation within a half-hour into the movie.

If you're a fan of Blaxploitation films, this will not disappoint. If you're in for a good comedy, check this one out. It will provide more laughs than a good majority of the comedies released this year.


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