Shaft In Africa

1973 MGM/Warner Bros. Directed by John Guillermin Produced by Roger Lewis Written by Stirling Silliphant Based on characters created by Ernest Tidyman Music by Johnny Pate Cinematography by Marcel Grignon Edited by Max Benedict For a character who is usually described as being “the black James Bond” John Shaft actually didn’t do a lot of […]

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Shaft’s Big Score!

1972 MGM/Warner Bros. Directed and Music by Gordon Parks Produced and Written by Ernest Tidyman Cinematography by Urs Furrer Edited by Harry Howard There’s no way to accurately describe exactly how much of a huge impact the original “Shaft” had when it hit movie screens back in 1971. I was too young to see it […]

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Golden Needles

1974 American International Pictures Directed by Robert Clouse Produced by Fred Weintraub Written by S. Lee Pogostin and Sylvia Schneble Cinematography by Gil Hubbs Edited by Michael Kahn Music by Lalo Schifrin “In China during The Sung Dynasty; a single golden statue was cast for the use of The Emperor. It indicated seven forbidden acupuncture […]

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Hot Potato

1976 Warner Bros. Pictures Directed and Written by Oscar Williams Produced by Fred Weintraub and Paul Heller Cinematography by Ronald Garcia Edited by Peter E. Berger Jim Kelly’s “Black Belt Jones” was such a beloved Blaxplotation/Martial Arts Movie hit and so enjoyed by so many people that over the years that whenever I get into […]

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Black Belt Jones

BLACK BELT JONES 1974 Warner Brothers Directed by Robert Clouse Produced by Fred Weintraub Written by Fred Weintraub and Oscar Williams Cinematography by Kent L. Wakeford Edited by Michael Kahn Music by Luchi DeJesus When it comes to the subject of martial arts movies there isn’t a sane human being alive that would argue that […]

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The Killer Elite

1975 United Artists Directed by Sam Peckinpah Produced by Martin Baum Screenplay by Marc Norman and Stirling Silliphant Based on the novel “Monkey In The Middle” by Robert Rostand Cinematography by Philip Lathrop Edited by Tony de Zarraga/Monte Hellman Music by Jerry Fielding THE KILLER ELITE is most definitely a lesser Peckinpah entertainment. But lesser […]

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Bucktown

1975 MGM/UA Home Entertainment Directed by Arthur Marks Written by Bob Ellison Produced by Bernard Schwartz Cinematography by Robert Birchall Edited by George Folsey, Jr. Music by Johnny Pate Whenever Blaxplotation fans get together and start discussing their favorite movies of the genre, I guarantee that BUCKTOWN is in the top ten, if not the […]

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Mad Max

1979 American International Pictures Produced by Byron Kennedy and Bill Miller Directed by George Miller Written by George Miller, Byron Kennedy and James McCausland Cinematography by David Eggby Edited by Tony Paterson/Cliff Hayes Music by Brian May In the “Lethal Weapon” movies Mel Gibson played  L.A. police detective Martin Riggs who undergoes such a severe […]

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Buck And The Preacher

Columbia Pictures 1972 Directed by Sidney Poitier Produced by Joel Glickman and Harry Belafonte (uncredited) Screenplay by Ernest Kinoy Based on a story by Ernest Kinoy and Drake Walker Music by Benny Carter Cinematography by Alex Phillips, Jr. Edited by Pembroke J. Herring When I was growing up there were few actors cooler than Sidney […]

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The Warriors

1979 Paramount Directed by Walter Hill Produced by Lawrence Gordon, Frank Marshall and Joel Silver Written by David Shaber and Walter Hill Based on the novel by Sol Yurick The one Walter Hill movie that everybody can agree on that they love without reservation whatsoever is his 1979 masterpiece THE WARRIORS.  Walter Hill took equal […]

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