Across 110th Street (1972)

Across 110th Street (1972)

Although it is often lumped in with the Blaxploitation boom of the early 70s, Across 110th Street is actually a gritty cop flick with a strong element of social commentary. Undeniably stylish, with superb location photography and well-staged action sequences, the film has deservedly attained a cult status. Captain Frank Mattelli (Anthony Quinn), a corrupt old white cop, and(...)

Avenging Disco Godfather, The (1979)

Retired cop Tucker Williams (Rudy Ray Moore) becomes a celebrity DJ - the Disco Godfather - at the Blueberry Hill disco. All is well until his nephew Bucky (Julius Carry)  flips out on angel dust (PCP) and the Disco Godfather vows "to personally come down on the suckers that's producing this shit!" He takes to(...)

Black Belt Jones (1974)

  Having pulled off a major box-office coup with Enter the Dragon (1973), producers Fred Weintraub and Paul Heller were denied the services of their recently deceased star, Bruce Lee. So they turned to karate champion Jim Kelly for this rollicking (albeit overplotted) mixture of blaxploitation and kung fu. Reuniting with Dragon director Robert Clouse, Kelly(...)

Black Caesar (1973)

Fred Williamson portrays Tommy Gibbs, a ruthlessly ambitious young man who climbs to the top of the New York crime syndicate by first wooing and then exterminating Mafia leaders. Building up the Harlem turf given him by a white gang leader, Gibbs quickly becomes well-heeled, hires a syndicate lawyer, buys the lawyer's condominium apartment completely(...)

Black Eye (1974)

Fred Williamson Rosemary Forsyth Teresa Graves Floy Dean Director Jack Arnold

Black Lolita (1975)

A singer returns to her hometown and puts together a team of fighters to go after 'Buddha' - a mob boss who murdered her uncle for not paying protection fees. Released in 3-D (truly!), all the usual 'Blaxploitation' elements were present -  funk music, soft core porn, and martial arts. Sadly the plot wasn't. Released(...)

Black Samson (1974)

Nightclub owner Samson (Rockne Tarkington) does his best to keep his neighborhood clean of crime and drugs. He is assisted in this endeavour by a heavy staff that is able to subdue every adversary. When vicious mobster Johnny Nappa (William Smith) tries to muscle in on Samson's territory, Samson takes a brave stand against Nappa(...)

Blackenstein (1972)

Eddie Turner is a Vietnam veteran who loses his arms and legs when he steps on a land mine, but a brilliant surgeon is able to attach new limbs. Unfortunately, an insanely jealous assistant (who has fallen in love with Eddie's fiance) switches Eddie's DNA injections, transforming him into a gigantic killer. Doctor Stein John(...)

Blacula (1972)

  1972 was a big year for Blaxploitation movies (also seeing the release of Superfly and Barry Shear's Across 110th Street). But this movie probably tops the bizarre-o-meter - Meet Dracula's soul brother . . . When 18th-century African prince Mamuwalde journeyed to Europe to petition an end to slavery, his mission took him to Transylvania and the(...)

Blaxploitation Movies

  After the civil rights victories of the previous decade, 70s America had realised how hip, happenin' and marketable the black image was. Hollywood saw major dollar signs, so a machine was quickly invented which churned out movies showcasing the style, rhythm and badness which Whitey could never hope to possess but could view from a distance(...)

Car Wash (1976)

A close-knit group of black employees at a Los Angeles car wash have all manner of strange visitors coming onto their forecourt one day, including Daddy Rich, a money-hungry evangelist from the "Church of Divine Economics", and a man who is mistaken as a mad bomber - but who is really simply carrying a urine(...)

Cleopatra Jones (1973)

"She's 6 feet 2" of Dynamite and the Hottest Super Agent Ever!" After napalming opium fields in Turkey, six-foot-two-tall karate-trained government agent Cleopatra Jones (Tamara Dobson) returns to Los Angeles to confront Mommy (Shelley Winters), the lesbian queen of the drug underworld. Jack Starrett handles the action well, though clumsy martial arts and comic-book theatrics conspire(...)

Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (1975)

When fellow narcotics agents (and childhood friends) Matthew Johnson and Melvin Johnson disappear during an undercover mission in Hong Kong, Cleopatra Jones (Tamara Dobson) travels there to find them. With the help of local detective Mi Ling (Tanny), Cleopatra discovers that her friends' disappearance has to do with The Dragon Lady (Stella Stevens), a much-feared(...)

Coffy (1973)

Coffy (1973)

  The Baddest One-Chick Hit-Squad that ever hit town - She had a body men would die for . . . and a lot of them did! Coffy is a dedicated and attractive young nurse whose 11-year-old sister gets involved in drugs and is eventually hospitalised by contaminated heroin. Coffy sets out - with a(...)

Dolemite (1975)

Dolemite (Rudy Ray Moore) is a bad mutha pimp who is set up by his arch nemesis Willie Green (D'Urville Martin, who also directed) and the cops. They plant drugs, stolen furs, and guns in his car and get him sentenced to 20 years in jail. With Green now doing some major drug trafficking the(...)

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