After the funeral, he learns that he must stay for 60 days, for the estate to be processed. A few locals convince Raised in Harlem, Tommy Gibbs becomes a successful mob boss but he clashes with the rival Mafia and his old enemy, dirty cop McKinney. The story involves a white supremist plot to taint the United States water supply with a toxin that is harmless to whites but lethal to blacks.
The only obstacles that stand in the way of this dastardly plan are Jim Brown, Fred Williamson and Jim Kelly, who shoot, kick and karate chop their way to final victory. The film is pretty much what you'd expect from an exploitation picture of this era as it features a pretty wild and over-the-top story where every white person is a racist nut and every black person is a hero. It appears that director Gordon Parks, Jr.
In fact, there are sometimes cars exploding when there really wasn't any reason for them to do so other than it seems the director wanted to see it. This certainly adds to the fun and we've also got several other fun action scenes including a highlight where Brown is being chased around a parking garage constantly having to get out of the way of these cars trying to smash him.
As I said, there's certainly nothing ground-breaking from a technical standpoint but fans of the genre should have some fun with this. The biggest benefit is getting to see Brown, Williamson and Kelly all in the same picture. They would appear in the same picture later in their careers but this here was when they were all in their prime. Start your free trial. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! IMDb More. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends.
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External Reviews. Metacritic Reviews. Photo Gallery. Trailers and Videos. Crazy Credits. Alternate Versions. Rate This. Blaxploitation film about three martial-arts specialists who prevent white supremacists from tainting the U. Director: Gordon Parks Jr.
Writers: Eric Bercovici , Jerrold L. Ludwig as Jerry Ludwig.
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The film was the third of only four films directed by Parks Jr.
However, his career was unfortunately cut short when he was killed in a plane crash in Kenya in , while scouting locations for a film project. Where are you going to get three black actors to pull off those roles? But regardless, it's definitely worth seeing.
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