Darktown Strutters

1975 New World Pictures Directed by William Witney Produced by Gene Corman Written by George Armitage  “In fact, if you look from today’s perspective at 1970’s exploitation movies, they look like they were made on another planet. The basic elements in these movies are things you couldn’t put in movies today” -Joe Dante This is […]

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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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That Man Bolt

1973 Universal Pictures Directed by David Lowell Rich/Henry Levin Produced by Bernard Schwartz/Philip Hazleton Written by Ranald MacDougall/Charles Eric Johnson Pam Grier is undisputably The Queen of The Blaxploitation Era but you will find some argument as to who was The King. But for me there is no argument. It’s Fred Williamson. There’s no way […]

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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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Body And Soul

1981 Cannon Film Distributors Directed by George Bowers Produced by Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan Written by Leon Isaac Kennedy Based on the 1947 United Artists film “Body and Soul” directed by Robert Rossen and written by Abraham Polonsky Music by Webster Lewis Cinematography by James Forrest Edited by Samuel D. Pollard/Skip Schoolnik There’s a […]

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Sugar Hill

1974 American International Pictures Directed by Paul Maslansky Produced by Elliot Schick Written by Tim Kelly Here’s the brilliant thing about SUGAR HILL. It’s not just a Blaxplotation movie. It’s a very good one, in fact. And it’s a good horror movie that also merges the revenge movie genre as well. But here’s where SUGAR […]

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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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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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Jackie Brown

1997 Miramax Films Directed by Quentin Tarantino Executive Produced by Elmore Leonard, Bob Weinstein & Harvey Weinstein Produced by Lawrence Bender Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino based on the novel “Rum Punch” by Elmore Leonard Music by James Newton Howard Cinematography by Guillermo Navarro Edited by Sally Menke My love affair with Pamela Michelle Byrd Grier […]

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