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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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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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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Three The Hard Way

1974 Allied Artists Produced by Harry Bernson Directed by Gordon Parks, Jr. Written by Eric Bercovici and Jerrold L. Ludwig Music by The Impressions Here’s where we throw anything resembling objective film criticism out of the window, friends.  You see, we’re dealing with THREE THE HARD WAY here, which is a top shelf example of […]

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