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Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (30th Anniversary Special Edition) (1000)

Melvin Van Peebles , Simon Chuckster , Melvin Van Peebles  |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Melvin Van Peebles, Simon Chuckster, Hubert Scales, John Dullaghan, John Amos
  • Directors: Melvin Van Peebles
  • Format: NTSC, Color
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Xenon Pictures
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LY8QCK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,479 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (30th Anniversary Special Edition)

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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking the mold... literally ! December 25, 2004
The most important thing to understand about this film is that if you're getting it just because you expect to live up the expectations of its genre... you better not... in fact, that was the debate over Sweetback for years : what was it ? the world's first blaxsploitation film or the world's first black social empowerment movie, a black porno flick or deep social satire ??? B-move trash or a brilliantly inspired art movie... - - The truth is, the strength and weakness of SWEETBACK is that its really all of this, but if you're expecting it to meet the mold of any one of these genre's you'll be disappointed... and that's part of the fun of the film... getting past the shock to see the message, and the message to dig the shock... and just riding along with Sweetback (EWF's soundtrack definitely makes that part easy !) With its gritty, funky tale and soundtrack, ample booty, controversial story no doubt that there's something in it to both appease and offend just about anyone that watches it... so the best thing to do is put it like this : SWEETBACK is a genre all of its own... just sit and watch it in suspended judgement and disbelief... watch it, again and again and again... Depending upon who you are you'll either find it tasty and addictive... or... well, revolting and disgusting... whatever... the fact is when you watch it there's one thing you won't come away seeing, "Man this film reminds me of a film I've seen 100 times before..." Nope... no one really did it before Peebles, and no one (despite all the films it inspired) did it after and that's why you should see it... but again... don't expect Shaft, Rudy Ray Moore or Superfly... that's not what the film is about... and whatever you do DO NOT WATCH IF EASILY OFFENDED... Now, on with the *****ing contest ! ! !
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars On the run from an all-white jury... June 12, 2001
By Piers
Format:VHS Tape
In 1971, Melvin Van Peebles managed to get this little gem released by Cinemation Industries, a low-budget exploitation distributor and launched into theatres, consequently launching what would come to be known as Blaxpoitation at the same time. True, there were other black films before this one, but never one like it, and really, there never would be again.
Melvin van plays Sweetback, a professional stud who works live sex shows, who is picked up by the cops to help them look as though they are working on a murder case. But when, the cops stop to rough up a revolutionary, Sweetback suddenly develops revolutionary ideas of his own and beats up the cops with his own handcuffs and goes on the run. That's essentially it, and what may seem boring, dated, disgusting and/or silly to most people, was some radical stuff back in 71. [...] It's radical enough now, you ain't ever seen a film like this! During his travels, Sweetback encounters all kinds of opposition (cops, biker gangs, posses etc), sees all kinds of places in the ghetto (baptist churches, rat-infested tenements, and finally the dessert)and is subjected to all kinds of experimental film making (colour tints, subjective shots, weird angles, freeze-frames etc.)
What makes this film so different and exciting for me, is that having obviously been made with private money and many, many miles away froma studio, it can and does push the politics and revolutionary rhetoric right in your face and believe me it does! It is little wonder that Huey Newton (supposedly) made this required viewing for the Black Panther Party and that within a short time films like Shaft, Superfly and their clones were filling the cinemas on 42nd Street.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Historically Important, But Awfully Raw and Crude March 31, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
Without the historical context in the early 70s, `Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song' makes no sense at all. But if you have some knowledge about so-called blaxploitaion films, minor film genre made mainly for Afro-American audiences in the 70s, `Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song' is still a very bizarre experience to you. And I am a Japanese, fan of Pam Grier films, but I believe the film about `Sweet Sweetback' looks strange wherever you live.

The content or message of `Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song' can be summarized in the following words you will see at the beginning of the film: "This film is dedicated to all the Brothers and Sisters who had enough of the Man." Most probably before this film no film had ever tried to show a black character hitting and knocking out a white (and a white cop for that matter), and for better or worse, the way the film does it is amazingly raw and crude.

The Man is represented by several non-descriptive white cops who beat up a black. When star and director Melvin Van Peebles says he had enough, he (or his character) shows it by bludgeoning the cops senseless. The police (largely whites) are not competent enough to chase Sweetback, and he gets away very easily from them. By the conventional standard of narrative, the film is almost pointless, going on and on without showing where it is leading us. Occasionally we see Sweetback helped by some and betrayed by others (including blacks), or the strange episodes of Sweetback drinking the water in the mud.

It might look strange today that the film actually became a big hit in 1971, but it did. What distinguishes `Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song' from the films like `Shaft' and `Coffy' both commercial success, is the crudeness of its message and the techniques.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 100% Uncut! Love this movie!
I love this movie! I even gave this movie to my boss! I seen this movie before! It got so many sex scenes and a lot of action! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dee Smalls!
3.0 out of 5 stars documentary
I purchased it as a 1st of its kind to add to my collection of documentary. I can relate to the theme of the movie and its action, and can clearly see the advancements in... Read more
Published 12 months ago by ts supernatural
3.0 out of 5 stars ground breaking
wish the lighting could have been better. Melvin is a true trailblazer he did it his way that why i like this movie.
Published 14 months ago by blade
3.0 out of 5 stars wow
mr melvin van peebles in my opinion had no idea what he was trying to do with this movie it was all over the place but the sex and standing up to the police was kind of a jump in... Read more
Published 16 months ago by vze4y4hq
1.0 out of 5 stars The Worst Movie I've Ever Watched
I've been told on many occasions that Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song was one of the most groundbreaking, revolutionary films during the blaxploitation era. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic mess...must be seen to be believed
This movie could not be worse. Please resist the temptation to poke your eyes out. Just turn it off. Read more
Published on May 9, 2011 by Monica
3.0 out of 5 stars Very important piece of cinema
The legendary film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, was the first film specifically made for the black community, by the black community, in order to not only give the black... Read more
Published on October 7, 2010 by Tristan
1.0 out of 5 stars Agreed One Disgusting and Degrading Film.
This movie has to be the worst of the Genre, there is no point to it, its disgusting and revolting, it's like a really bad porno, he does this disgusting chubby white girl in the... Read more
Published on June 6, 2009 by Jose Lopez
1.0 out of 5 stars Disgusting, this is nothing but one long Porno/Running marathon.
The entire movie has no point, and certainly no purpose. What ever "Black Power" message this film was trying to make is lost. Read more
Published on March 26, 2009 by maskedgamer
1.0 out of 5 stars Grade Z home made exploitation-groundbreaking MYAAAASS
I agree with the other ONE STAR raters of this "film"--Whatever it's intent, cultural timing or underground anti-establishment accolades--the film is TERRIBLE--Terrible in EVERY... Read more
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