Offered a plea deal by the FBI, William O'Neal infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on Chairman Fred Hampton.


Shaka King


Will Berson (story by), Shaka King (story by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Kaluuya ... Fred Hampton
LaKeith Stanfield ... Bill O'Neal
Jesse Plemons ... Roy Mitchell
Dominique Fishback ... Deborah Johnson
Ashton Sanders ... Jimmy Palmer
Algee Smith ... Jake Winters
Darrell Britt-Gibson ... Bobby Rush
Lil Rel Howery ... Wayne
Dominique Thorne ... Judy Harmon
Martin Sheen ... J. Edgar Hoover
Amari Cheatom ... Collins
Khris Davis ... Steel
Ian Duff ... Doc Satchel
Caleb Eberhardt ... Bob Lee
Robert Longstreet ... Leslie Carlyle

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Fred Hampton, a young, charismatic activist, becomes Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party - putting him directly in the crosshairs of the government, the FBI, and the Chicago Police. But to destroy the revolution, the authorities are going to need a man on the inside.

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You can kill a revolutionary but you can't kill the revolution.

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Rated R for violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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First film with more than two African-American producers to be nominated at the Academy Awards for Best Picture. It is also the first Best Picture nominee to have all black producers, at 3; Shaka King, Charles D. King and Ryan Coogler. See more »


During the police raid on Black Panther headquarters the Chicago P.D. is depicted employing 1966 Ford full-size four-door hardtops. Police units at the time were universally sedans, which when Fords were from the "Custom" line. The Custom line did not include four-door hardtops. See more »


Fred Hampton: America's on fire right now and until the fire is extinguished don't nothin' else mean a goddamn thing.
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Symbiosis. 2nd Movement: Largo - Andante - Maestoso - Largo, Part One
Written by Klaus Ogermann
Performed by Bill Evans
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9 March 2021 | by calvinc1203See all my reviews

I haven't written a review in awhile, but felt compelled to do so because numerous reviews complaining about the movie as some sort of failed Fred Hampton biopic... The movie is titled JUDAS and the Black Messiah, in which we should all be able to discern who's whom, and understand why the movie isn't just about Fred Hampton, so all of you with your fake woke-ness can stop talking about how shallow this movie is or how they didn't do enough, and then counterintuitively discredit this accomplishment of a film about an important part of the U.S. history!

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Release Date:

12 February 2021 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Fred Hampton Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »


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$2,027,076, 14 February 2021

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