Dynamite Brothers, The (1974)

Chinese man Larry Chin (former 70’s Golden Harvest matinee kung-fu star Alan Tang) sneaks into America to locate his missing brother and ends up meeting Stud Brown (Timothy Brown), a young black man who decides to help him. The two head to Los Angeles where they run into various drug dealers as well as a crooked(…)

Foxy Brown (1974)

  “Foxy’s in town, so gather ’round and watch a real shake down. ‘Cause she’s got drive and that ain’t jive. She don’t bother to bring ’em back alive!” After a narcotics gang kills her drug-dealing brother, Link (Antonio Fargas – Huggy Bear from TV’s Starsky And Hutch) and her cop boyfriend Michael Anderson (Terry Carter), this(…)

Friday Foster (1975)

A photographer discovers a plot to assassinate one of her subjects, the wealthiest black man in America, and faces a nerve-wracking race against time to save his life. Pam Grier – who starred so well in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown (1997) – is here seen in an early role as a black “superwoman”. She plays fearless(…)

Hammer (1972)

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(…)

Jackie Brown (1997)

Jackie Brown (1997)

  “AK-47. The very best there is. When you absolutely, positively got to kill every motherfucker in the room, accept no substitutes”. Imaginatively dragging Elmore Leonard’s bestseller Rum Punch into his own postmodern universe peppered with quirky dialogue and cinematic references, director Quentin Tarantino makes this re-energised crime thriller a homage to, and an updating(…)

Mack, The (1973)

One of the most popular of all the blaxploitation movies, this followed in the bloody wake of Shaft (1971) and, if anything, is even more violent. Goldie (Max Julien) is a black pimp operating out of Oakland who comes up against white cops and an evil drugs lord. The morals are as sleazy as the(…)

Melinda (1972)

A slick, smooth-talking, womanising young black DJ falls hard for an enigmatic woman he’s just met. Things take a turn for the worse, though, when she is found dead in his apartment. It turns out that she was killed by the local mob, which is trying to frame him for the crime. With the police(…)

Shaft (1971)

The flood of Blaxploitation pictures continued in 1971 with Shaft, in which Richard Roundtree played the eponymous black private eye hired to find Marcy, the kidnapped daughter of big-time Harlem mobster, Bumpy Jonas (Moses Gunn). John Shaft would not knuckle under to anyone – white cops or black drug gangsters included. Aided by his friend Ben Buford(…)

Shaft In Africa (1973)

  Richard Roundtree returned once more as the super-cool black private eye in this second sequel to the Blaxploitation classic Shaft (1971). With a screenplay by Stirling Silliphant – who also scripted In the Heat of the Night  (1967) – this third film about the exciting exploits of the Harlem detective has John Shaft lured out of his home turf and going under cover(…)

Shaft’s Big Score (1972)

Richard Roundtree and Moses Gunn returned in the sequel to the huge blockbuster Shaft (1971), which kicked off the early 1970s blaxploitation craze and inspired the Quentin Tarantino release Jackie Brown (1997). Private eye John Shaft is in pursuit of the gang members who murdered his undertaker friend Cal Asby, who has hidden $250,000 of underworld money.(…)

Slaughter (1972)

Vietnam veteran Slaughter seeks revenge for his parents’ murder and is arrested for killing the gangster he thinks is responsible. However, the cops tell him that the real killer is still at large, and recruit him for a mission to Puerto Rico to bring the crime boss in question to justice. With a title to die(…)

Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off (1973)

Black Vietnam vet/urban warrior Slaughter (Jim Brown) returns to avenge the murder of his mother and father by gangsters, led this time around by Ed McMahon. Jim Brown goes in for a lot of violent confrontations but is really too good for this blaxploitation fix – as is In like Flint (1967) director Gordon Douglas. A(…)

Super Dude (1974)

Released in some markets as Hangup. Ken Ramsey William Elliott Lou Cliff Potts Julie Marki Bey Fred Richards Michael Lerner Sergeant Becker Wally Taylor Captain Gorney George Murdock Gwen Timothy Blake Felder Fredd Wayne Sally Midori Bud David Renard Enrique Pepe Serna Longnose Rafael Campos Mrs. Ramsey Lynn Hamilton Simpson William Bramley Jennings Bob Delegall Beverly(…)

Superfly (1972)

Directed by Gordon Parks Jr – the son of the man who directed Shaft (1971) – this superb Blaxploitation film starred Ron O’Neal as antihero Youngblood Priest, a nattily attired Harlem coke dealer looking to make one last big score before getting out of the business and starting a new, crime-free life. But things don’t go as(…)

SuperFly TNT (1973)

Harlem hustler Priest (Ron O’Neal) is back in a sequel to the hit Superfly (1972). This time, he is persuaded to leave his Rome hideout, where he is now retired and financially secure, to smuggle arms to anti-government forces in Umbia, West Africa, in an attempt to start a revolution. Although O’Neal’s performance in the original(…)

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