Sweet Sweetback?s Baadasssss Song

Sweet Sweetback?s Baadasssss Song

Filmmakers: Melvin Peebles
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Feature length fictional film tells the story of a pimp who kills two policemen who had been beating a Black militant. Using his street-wise survival skills, he eludes his pursuers and escapes to Mexico.

Other credits: A Melvin Van Peebles Production
Starring: Melvin Van Peebles, Simon Chuckster, Hubert Scales, John Dullaghan, Rhetta Hughes
Photographed by Bob Maxwell
Music by Earth, Wind & Fire
Produced, Written and Directed by Melvin Van Peebles
"These moments represent personal cinema at its best -- one man, telling it like he sees it, his dream of liberation unadulterated by studio pressures or commercial considerations."
-- Paul D. Zimmerman, Newsweek

"...among the strongest protest films I've ever seen -- harrowing, riveting, seething with pure black rage, humor and defiance, and justifiaably graphic in its violence, sexual scenes and language."
--William Wolf, Cue

"...a film that doesn't compromise."
--Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune"The first truly revolutionary black film."
--Huey Newton

"...it is a vision [that] black people alone will really understand in all of its profane and abrasive substance..."
--Clayton Riley, The New York Times

"...the effect is like an electric shock that constantly rechargeds itself from image to image."
--Kevin Kelly, The Boston Globe

"...for the first time in cinematic history in American, a movie speaks out of an undeniable black consciousness."
--Sam Washington, Chicago Sun-Times

"...a highly personal, highly emotional cry of anger."
--Mary Knoblauch, Chicago Today