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Panther [VHS] (1995)

Kadeem Hardison , Bokeem Woodbine , Mario Van Peebles  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kadeem Hardison, Bokeem Woodbine, Joe Don Baker, Courtney B. Vance, Tyrin Turner
  • Directors: Mario Van Peebles
  • Writers: Melvin Van Peebles
  • Producers: Mario Van Peebles, Eric Fellner, Liza Chasin, Melvin Van Peebles, Preston L. Holmes
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Polygram Video
  • VHS Release Date: July 16, 1996
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303620264
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,537 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This simple-minded account of the Black Panther Party is insulting to anybody who ever admired the positive qualities of the organization or at the very least took their militancy seriously. Melvin Van Peebles wrote the thin script, and son Mario directs it with little of the penetrating and expansive sensibility necessary to understand the subject in its broadest context. The presence of a big cast with a lot of familiar names and faces--including real-life Panther contemporaries Jerry Rubin and Dick Gregory--give the project a false air of importance. --Tom Keogh

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just to put some honesty on This Page October 1, 2009
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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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Film January 17, 2000
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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent March 4, 2002
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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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We shall not be moved. December 15, 1999
A must see for anyone who ever had to stand up to oppression in there life. Hughie, Bobby, Tyrone, Judge, Cy, Reverend Sloaken.....its all there from start to finish. From the first minute brother Hughie called a pig "a pig" the movie put chills through my body. Let me keep it real for all those reviews that are sleeping on Panther... you see, Panther wasn't about shooting cop's, no no, it was about getting a mans attention. That's what Mario Van Pebbles does, he grabs you and leads you into a story, a place where people have no choice but to put aside their fears and do what they feel in their heart is right. You do not have to wear a dasheeky to be proud of what those young brothers in Panther accomplish. The Panthers set the stage for some control on authorities who are out of control. Police brutality has not ceased, nor will it ever cease, however the more people stand up for themselves as a communinity the more humanity we will all have. Hats off to Mario Van Pebbles who is not afraid to portray to the masses what most other medians of communication are afraid to say. That the government tried to contain the Black Panthers by pumping cheap dope into the gettos. Little did the government know that the dope was gonna spread like wild fire right into the arms of some of their own children. From start to finish Panther beautifully spins a story of people who overcome the overseers and rise as one to accomplish justice. A must buy to watch over and over again. To all the people who gave this prolific movie a bad rating I have one final thing to say, "Like crabs in a barrell trying to bring each other down" ALL POWER to the PEOPLE
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be hijacked by the high prices December 23, 2007
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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Panther" is a much better movie than the critics think. December 21, 1998
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"Panther" is a much better movie than the critics think. Though there might be some details left out or slanted, any reasonably accurate depiction of the early days of the Black Panthers fills a big gap in people's knowledge of history.
This movie is like "Malcolm X" in bringing neglected history to life, but more enjoyable to watch. This is an especially good movie to show to teenagers. My African-American stepson was glad to see black people standing up for themselves effectively, especially the Capitol "takeover". So much of the civil rights era history shows or tells about black people being mistreated, beaten, and killed, it was great balance to see what the Panthers accomplished in their heyday.
This is an entertaining and informative movie for teenagers and adults. You can always follow up to get more details by reading if you're interested.
By the way, the R rating is appropriate, but this movie is not a "hard R." I think those 13 and up will have little trouble with it. Adults should watch the movie with teenagers so as to be able to talk about it afterward.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The acting is good and the film really makes you feel for the ...
I have no idea why the prices are so much. But I do know that it's on youtube for free and I bought my copy for 10 dollars at a second hand store. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Jacob Klutts
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Exciting Movie
i absolutely love this movie
Published 26 days ago by Donyale Y Hamilton
3.0 out of 5 stars Broken but works now.
Came broken, but a friend rigged it so it works now.
Published 1 month ago by MizzToYou
4.0 out of 5 stars A movement whose time has come again, surely.
Recent events have demonstrated why this is an important film that depicts a serious problem that has not gone away in this country, the problem of police violence toward minority... Read more
Published 1 month ago by R.L. Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars Panther
This was my favorite movie as a teen I was in love with Larenz Tate lol this movie is very interesting and is part of history I still love to watch this movie because the Panthers... Read more
Published 3 months ago by CLO
5.0 out of 5 stars My view of Panther
I like this video because I think it's very educational in that it helps to shed light on the many invisible forces that have been systematically used to work against African... Read more
Published 4 months ago by saadiqa ali
5.0 out of 5 stars Pather by THE PEEBLES
This was a Great movie. The Peebles Men showed the Panthers for Self Defense, like we all should have seen then, not like the media has shown them. Read more
Published 6 months ago by shateesha haynes
5.0 out of 5 stars Cost of dvd
These prices are ridiculous. I found panther on other less known websites and purchased it last year for $23.00. Read more
Published 7 months ago by paulafromvegas
5.0 out of 5 stars it's a shame
this is an outstanding movie i watched a long time ago cannot believe how powerful it was and it's a shame that people are wanting to charge 100 dollars just to put in there pocket
Published 8 months ago by bernard ch
5.0 out of 5 stars Why the high price?!?
OUTSTANDING MOVIE and You can find it on youtube, the entire movie! This high price is obviously a big ol rip off I bet you can find it for check out at your local library.
Published 10 months ago by K. ASTON
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Would you like to watch Panther right now?
Yep. I noticed like 3 weeks ago.
Feb 18, 2011 by I'm hungry. feed me |  See all 6 posts
This movie is a Classic Revolutionary Piece of Modern Filmmaking!
Great and awesome flick! I've seen it a few times, and I always thought it was powerful, and definitely quite telling. I shake my head contempt and disgust everytime I hear someone complain about the fact that this DVD is no longer in 'circulation' any longer. Meaning they complain that the DVD... Read More
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