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Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

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Bill O'Neal infiltrates the Black Panther Party per FBI Agent Mitchell and J. Edgar Hoover. As Party Chairman Fred Hampton ascends, falling for a fellow revolutionary en route, a battle wages for O'Neal's soul.


Shaka King


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

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Did You Know?


LaKeith Stanfield stated in an interview that he needed therapy after his portrayal of William O'Neal. 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 »


Deborah Johnson: I did not expect you to be shy.
Fred Hampton: I'm not shy.
Deborah Johnson: [Scoffs] Okay.
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Incredible performances throughout
13 February 2021 | by joscon-16616See all my reviews

My only complaint was for whatever reason the dialogue was super low on HBO Max. Kaluuya deserves an Oscar for his performance. Up until I saw this, I was sure Riz Ahmed for Sound of Metal would win, Kaluuya topped that performance. If this doesnt make you think about how far the US has yet to come w.r.t. race relations, then I cant help you.

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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 »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,070,000, 14 February 2021

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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