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Joe Bullet (1973)

When a mysterious gangster starts sabotaging soccer team The Eagles' chance at winning the upcoming championship final, there is only one man who can save the day...Joe Bullet.


Louis de Witt

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Cast overview:
Ken Gampu ... Joe Bullet
Joe Lopez Joe Lopez ... Rockey
Abigail Kubeka Abigail Kubeka ... Beauty
Jimmy Sabe Jimmy Sabe ... Popeye
Cocky Tlhotlhalemaje Cocky Tlhotlhalemaje ... Flash
Sydney Chama Sydney Chama ... Jerry (as Sidney Charma)
Dan Poho Dan Poho ... Eagles' President
Sol Rachilo Sol Rachilo ... Sonny
Matthew Molete Matthew Molete ... Spike
Richard Khumalo Richard Khumalo ... Lucas
Fanyana H. Sidumo Fanyana H. Sidumo ... Henry (as Henry Sidumo)


When local soccer team The Eagles fall prey to a series of onslaughts from a mysterious gangster only a week before the championship final, the team turns to the one man that can help save their chances at victory - Joe Bullet (Ken Gampu). Joe will have to battle against villainous henchmen, escape booby-trap bombs and bring his martial arts expertise to the fore in order to survive an attack from a deadly assassin. In the end he will have to infiltrate the mysterious gangster's hide-out in a dangerous cat-and-mouse rescue mission to save not only The Eagles' two kidnapped star players, but that of his beautiful love interest, Beauty (Abigail Kubeka). The odds will be stacked against him, but he's the man that fights crime, the man that no one can tie down! Joe Bullet! Written by Darron Meyer

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In the criminal underworld of soccer, one man will have to save the championship.




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1 January 1973 (South Africa) See more »

Filming Locations:

Johannesburg, South Africa

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1.33 : 1
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One of the first South African films featuring an all-African cast, and starred Ken Gampu, one of the first black South African actors to appear in Hollywood films. Independently released in 1972 in the Eyethu cinema in Soweto, and after only two screenings, the film was banned by the then Apartheid government. The film was later unbanned after special appeal and a personal screening to the Minister of Communications. The film was, however, never released again and simply disappeared. Now, after more than 40 years, the film has been digitally restored and finally available for world-wide release. See more »


Followed by Bullet on the Run (1982) See more »

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Naive but intriguing pioneer all black action movie.
5 June 2015 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

I can't find much information on this historically intriguing South African black wannabe addition to the "Shaft-Superfly- Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song", tradition, or it's 1982 sequel. That's a pity because what went on behind the scenes is probably much more interesting than what we see. We do learn that the film was banned and unbanned in 1972 (why?) and has only just re-appeared and recognize the imposing Ken Gampu from his Jamie Uys movies "Dinkaka" and "The Gods Must be Crazy" and from "The Naked Prey" all those years back. He's a plausible action hero who could have carried a more substantial production.

The film's ambitions are minimal. The formula plot about corruption in sport has the bad hats trying to get star players Tlhotlhalemaje and Chama away from the Eagles so that the the rival Team the Falcons take the big game and the crooks get rich betting on them.

Ken comes with his own song ("he's the man who won't let you down") and wins the manager's daughter Kubeka, who does a passable musical interlude when our hero is not rescuing her from various perils. Versatile director-cameraman de Witt is most at ease covering the film's soccer matches.

The production arrives in brownish newly restored four by three, with English sub-titles rendering the poorly re-voiced English dialog.

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