Mean Johnny Barrows

1976 Ramana Productions/Po’ Boy Productions Directed by Fred Williamson Written by Jolivett Cato/Charles Walker Music by Coleridge Taylor-Perkinson Here’s the thing that made Fred Williamson stand out from other male Blaxploitation stars of the 1970s: even then he wasn’t satisfied with just acting in those violent action thrillers. Even then he had an eye toward […]

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The Hard Way

1979 Incorporated Television Company Directed and Produced by Michael Dryhurst Executive Producer: John Boorman Screenplay by Kevin Grogan/Richard F. Tombleson It’s not an original story for a crime thriller. An aging hitman wants to retire and live out the rest of his days in peace and isolation, quietly contemplating a life wasted. But his boss […]

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Foxy Brown

1974 American International Pictures Written and Directed by Jack Hill Produced by Buzz Feitshans Costumes for Pam Grier Created and Designed by Ruthie West Music Composed, Conducted, Arranged and Produced by Willie Hutch Cinematography by Brick Marquard Edited by Chuck McClelland FOXY BROWN wasn’t the first Pam Grier movie I saw. That would be “The […]

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Black Eye

1974 Warner Bros. Directed by Jack Arnold Produced by Pat Rooney Written by Mark Haggard Based on the novel “Murder on the Wild Side” by Jeff Jacks Music by Mort Garson One can be forgiven for passing up on watching BLACK EYE, thinking it just another typical Blaxploitation action thriller due to the title and […]

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Electra Glide In Blue

United Artists/MGM 1973 Directed/Music by James William Guercio Produced by James William Guercio/Rupert Hitzig Screenplay by Robert Boris Story by Robert Boris/Rupert Hitzig Cinematography by Conrad Hall Edited by Jim Benson/Gerald R. Greenberg/John F. Link You ever see a movie that you watched more than once simply because you can’t figure out if you like […]

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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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Death Wish

1974 Paramount Pictures/Columbia Pictures Directed by Michael Winner Produced by Dino De Laurentiis and Bobby Roberts Screenplay by Wendell Mayes Based on the novel “Death Wish” by Brian Garfield Cinematography by Arthur J. Ornitz Edited by Bernard Gribble Music by Herbie Hancock Considering how ridiculous and downright cartoonish the later movies in the series were, […]

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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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The Driver

1978                            20th Century Fox Produced by Lawrence Gordon Written And Directed by Walter Hill Cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop Edited by Tina Hirsch/Robert K. Lambert Music by Michael Small Some time back I wrote of review of the existential car chase thriller “Vanishing Point” and I received an email from a gentleman (at least I […]

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