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The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 23 October 2015 (UK)
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This documentary tells the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, one of the 20th century's most alluring and controversial organizations that captivated the world's attention for nearly 50 years.

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Stanley Nelson

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Stanley Nelson
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Angela Arnold Angela Arnold ... (voice)
Erica Ball Erica Ball ... (voice)
Rhon G. Flatts Rhon G. Flatts ... (voice)
Eric Lockley ... (voice)
Nola Nelson Nola Nelson ... (voice)
Stu Richel ... J. Edgar Hoover (voice)
Jason Torres Jason Torres ... (voice)
Trudy Williams Trudy Williams ... (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Blair Anderson Blair Anderson ... Himself - Black Panther Party
Omar Barbour Omar Barbour ... Himself - Black Panther Party
Julian Bond Julian Bond ... Himself - Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee [SNCC]
Marlon Brando ... Himself (archive footage)
Elaine Brown Elaine Brown ... Herself - Black Panther Party
Scot Brown Scot Brown ... Himself - Historian
William F. Buckley ... Himself - Firing Line (archive footage) (as William F. Buckley Jr.)
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This documentary tells the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, one of the 20th century's most alluring and controversial organizations that captivated the world's attention for nearly 50 years.

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23 October 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Panteras Negras: Vanguarda da Revolução See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$46,985, 18 September 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$482,396, 8 November 2015
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The suppressed story of the Black Panther Party
14 September 2015 | by reelwomanSee all my reviews

Because I'm old as dirt, I recall reading about the murder by the Chicago Police of Black Panther Fred Hampton in his bed while he slept, clearly part of J.Edgar Hoover's national program to undermine any leadership of the Black Panther Party. I was a senior in high school, and promptly tossed aside the Beowulf paper I was writing for one on the Black Panthers. This documentary gives you the full story that overlooked in civil rights discussions: the idea of militant blacks bearing arms was too frightening, although it sure made Martin Luther King's marches seem quite suddenly acceptable. I suspect it is the frightening aspect that has kept the Black Panther story stuffed in the closet of civil rights history.

The documentary portrays how carefully the Panthers attended to legal rights regarding guns, how they stood witness en mass whenever police pulled over black in the neighborhood (Black Lives Matter) to ensure just treatment. Very well portrayed was the diabolical and successful program of the FBI and law enforcement to cripple the organization. Important viewing for all Americans.


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