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Hammer (1972)

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Tough guy Fred Williamson’s breakthrough movie was this below average blaxploitation crime thriller produced by drive-in movie king, Al Adamson.

Williamson plays BJ Hammer, dock worker-turned-prizefighting boxer whose Mafia manager wants him to start throwing bouts. When he refuses to take a dive, hit man William Smith is hired to kill him.

Blacula (1972) star Vonetta McGee is the gangster’s secretary who becomes Hammer’s foxy lady and is kidnapped for her trouble.

Williamson based his character on Muhammad Ali and even copies his moves in the ring which is the only interesting thing to cling on to as the tedium increases in this formulaic potboiler.

BJ Hammer
Fred Williamson
Davis
Bernie Hamilton
Lois
Vonetta McGee
Brenner
William Smith
Big Sid
Charles Lampkin
Rhoda
Elizabeth Harding
Professor
Mel Stewart
Sonny
D’Urville Martin

Director
Bruce Clark

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