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From The Director of "New Jack City" and "Posse" The People called them Heroes. The FBI Called them Public Enemy Number One. PANTHER DVD VIDEO. It is a time of tension--of rioting in the streets. A time of change. In Oakland, California, 1968, a militant group, The Black Panthers led by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale have armed themselves and are ready to fight for freedom. To the people, they're heroes, but to the FBI are they're public Enemy Number One. Now the Feds will do everything they can-on the right or the wrong side of the law- to bring them down. Panther is like a shot in the head. It entertains, it provokes, it energizes. This is a very Racially controversial movie drawing you into to what life was like during a time when a man had to fight for his life, just based on the color of his skin. This movie depicted it so real that they were afraid that it would cause more harm than good and there were only a couple copies released before they pulled them from the selves.

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  • Actors: Joe Don Baker, Angela Bassett, Bobby Brown, Marcus Chong, Richard A. Dysart
  • Directors: Mario Van Peebles
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Polygram Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 22, 1998
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305181292
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,410 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Panther" on IMDb

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Dwight Williamson on October 1, 2009
Format: DVD
The outrageous prices that are being asked for this film should tell you something about it's quality. The fact that the manufacturer has discontinued it should say more. As a former member of this belittled and demised organization i can attest to it's portrayal as totally fact based. There is plenty of literature available on the infamous Co-intelpro operations that will back up this statement. The movie was well played by all involved, well directed and it's impact on the viewer is just as intended. This is a movie about an important part of this countries history that I was able to witness as well as be a part of. To call it a lie is a continued insult to the intelligence of the American public. You don't have to like the movie but please research The Governments Co-Intelpro operations before you call it 2 hours of lies. Great Movie!!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Gittus Maximus on January 17, 2000
Format: DVD
Directed by Mario Van Peebles (also responsible for "New Jack City" and "Posse") comes the story of the inevitable birth of the Black Panthers who the FBI categorised as Public Enemy Number One. But behind all The Man's propaganda lies the truth, another chapter in the Afro-American's struggle for emancipation, superbly summed up by the adopted slogan "if you ain't part of the solution, then you're part of the problem". Make no mistake, the Panthers led by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale weren't formed as a Black Supremist organisation but rather to look after the Black Community and to exercise their Constitutionally protected human rights. Look, listen and learn from this film - why the Panthers were formed, their prime reason for existence, the Community Programmes they instigated and also the response from the Authorities, both public and subversive. Although told from a potentially biased viewpoint, the film does not shy away from recognising the Ghetto had its own share of low-lifes and which the Panthers tried to do something about. Such was their success in mobilising and inspiring the Black community as never before it's no wonder the Authorities ran scared. Their ultimate contingency plan however was not only morally abhorrent but also backfired big time. A superb dramatisation of the humble beginnings of a local movement in Oakland, California illustrating just how it grew into such a political tour-de-force. Like I said, look, listen and learn. An essential film. The Mad Ferret, London, England.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Sharhonda Dotson on March 4, 2002
Format: DVD
When I was younger, I was told in school, about how the BPP was a racist group of black people who hated white people. When the movie came out, I never knew half of things about the BPP from what I was taught in school, in our history books. I felt Mario Van Peebles did an excellent job on the movie, he obviously could not capture all the events. But, he did capture the main turnkey events. I also did alot of additional research on the BPP, & found alot of Mario Van Peebles story were exactly the same. Alot of people critize Mario for the movie, & I would like to know, how would they tell this story?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By blackgirl on December 23, 2007
Format: DVD
It is a great movie. You really can find a dvd copy if you look real hard. Go to some of the dvd resell stores and also I found a copy in the public library. Some pawn shops have plenty of older dvds. It makes me sick that some people try to charge these outrageous prices. If it wasn't illegal I would burn copies for people that wanted them...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nuisance on November 30, 2008
Format: DVD
This movie came and went during its run in theaters due to its nature. But I feel that it was an honest attempt to tell the story of the most controversial party in America: the Black Panthers.

The story is based on the Panthers and how they came to be. The party gets frustrated with the police brutality in America and decide to defend themselves with weaponry.

The acting is pretty good all around: Marcus Chong is great as Huey P Newton, Judge is Kadeem Hardison's best performance on screen point blank period. The same goes for Bokeem Woodbine's character in this movie. The only flaw is that they leave out a few key elements that lead to their downfall but other than that I have no real gripe with this film. I thought that Mario Van Peebles did the best he could with the material he was given but we have to understand that movies are edited just like books are edited so certain information that might have made a difference in the story. You can always read about the Black Panthers if you want to know more about them. This movie is worthy of being in your collection despite the little flaws. If you can find it at a reasonable price, you can definitely check it out.

PS: to the sellers who are selling it for 164 and up are you high? Is the DVD made out of solid gold? Does it come with a Rolex watch? Thats grimy as hell man. No wonder people hate to buy films that are hard to find on here!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. R. Shearer on April 4, 2009
Format: DVD
Why has this video not been release on mass market DVD? Is the industry really trying to kill off this film? It exist s virtually no where, and while I realize it is a bit radical, it needs to be out there for public consumption. I know many people whom have never even heard of this film, and that include professors of black and Afro-American studies programs. Please make this into a DVD so that it can be watched as another view of the Black American experience in America. If I have to watch Marci X, or another film that follows the traditional HW stereotypes, I swear I am gonna be sick. We need more films that can portray the humanity of people, all people. At least this breaks the mold of " anotha nigga eatin water melon, or acting a fool". Please let people see what it took to shake America into being able to have a man like Mr. Obama as a President of the USA. It took a struggle of a Peoplehood in many forms, stop with the sugar coated history.
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