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  • Actors: Jason Bernard, Raymond St. Jacques, Ruby Dee, Frank Silvera, Roscoe Lee Browne
  • Directors: Jules Dassin
  • Writers: Jules Dassin
  • Producers: Jules Dassin
  • Format: Widescreen, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008NNSDKA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,063 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Uptight is an updated remake of John Ford's 1935 film, The Informer. Dublin becomes the Cleveland ghetto and the Irish Republicans are replaced by black revolutionary fighters. Days after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Tank Williams (Julian Mayfield) is an unemployed and itinerant steelworker who turns over his militant friend, Johnny (Max Julien) to the police for the $1,000 reward, resulting in an underground all-points bulletin to exact vengeance on the squealer. Legendary director, Jules Dassin's unrelenting directorial pace is complemented by the driving score of Booker T. Jones. The stellar cast includes Raymond St. Jacques, Ruby Dee, Roscoe Lee Browne, and Frank Silvera

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bob on January 1, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Three things distinguish this film. First, it's a story that takes place shortly after MLK was assassinated, depends on that event for its setting, and it was released just 8 months later. It effectively paints a picture of a time and place. Second, it's a strong story about the relationship between the personal and the political. Finally, it has my favorite soundtrack of all time. I love what Booker T and the MGs did with this material.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill on May 12, 2014
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After owning one...or two condensed bootleg video versions of Uptight, I am extremely happy to see this film get an official uncut Blu-ray release with much greater picture clarity. This movie was beautifully written to the screen, and is one of the very first of the new era black films shortly following the tragic killing of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. Frank Silvera's superb role as the political candidate attempting to calm Raymond St. Jacques (also marvelous) and other black militants bent on revolution, is truly a great confrontational work of art. I also wanted this beautiful uncut version for the character Tank, in the house of mirrors carnival scene (a most important piece of footage) which is missing from the bootlegs I had previously bought. Without giving away the plot, I want to say the parts played by Ruby Dee and Roscoe Lee Brown were also dynamic. Max Julien (The Mack) had a part too short-lived. I believe more of his cool demeanor would have added even more to an already well-produced movie. I highly recommend this Classic.
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I was only 4 when this movie (the last American film by famous director Jules Dassin) came out, and I didn't even know it existed until decades later. It's basically a remake of John Ford's famous old film, "The Informer", only instead of a disgruntled, alcoholic Irishman who's just been kicked out of his local IRA chapter ratting out his friend to the Black and Tans for money, it features a disgruntled, alcoholic, middle-aged African-American unemployed ex-con former steelworker, who's just been kicked out of the local Black Panther-style revolutionary group, ratting out his friend to the Cleveland Police for money. The viewer gets to see quite well all the reasons that led up to the main character, "Tank," selling out his good-looking, charismatic friend, even though Tank is bewildered even at the end as to why he did it.

The storyline gets heavy-handed at times, particularly during a scene where the revolutionaries lecture a white activist before tossing him out of their meeting. The acting also ranges from good to wooden and there are some scenes where dialog appears to have been dubbed later, causing everybody to speak very slowly instead of at the pace of natural conversation. For some reason, most of the African-American characters also lack any trace of a regional accent and instead speak like elocution trainees, which fits in some cases (Clarence "Daisy") and not others (Tank). It's still a pretty good story though, and the scenes where no one is talking much and you're just getting strong visuals over Booker T and the MG's soundtrack are fine film work.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By zeak on April 11, 2013
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Movies like this and others need to be seen and others need to transferred to Dvd with HIGH quality.Colored..actors and actresses need more exsposure in drama also than in Todays comedy or male bashing movies such tyler perry movies......
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mojo_navigator on September 26, 2014
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This film is a superbly executed slice of late-‘60s racial unrest. It is tough, realistic and even inflammatory - so much so that it baffles me how such a thing could have been made let alone released only eight months after MLK’s assassination. I bet plenty of movie houses were queuing up to release this one in such racially-charged times (sarcasm).

"Uptight" accurately captures the feelings and concerns in the African-American community at the time and together with the gritty locales and cinematography make for a really engaging viewing. The weakness is the poor performance of the lead man. The lead role itself is unsympathetic. It concerns a guy who rats out on his buddy in the black power movement and as such would require an actor of considerable skill to tease out the positives in his character. The cat who plays the lead role plays it as a snivelling, self-piteous back-stabber whom no audience both then and now would find attractive. It’s a major let-down and the one flaw in an otherwise excellent acting crew.

The Blu-Ray transfer is a resounding success - a gritty stunner with strong film grain and intense detail for its time. No digital manipulation in evidence here. Locales, interiors and facial expressions are rendered with suitable authenticity. I particularly dug the scene in the dive bar where you get the opportunity to really analyse some of the fashion choices back then (and I will certainly be using some of these choices).

And finally, of course, the soundtrack. Tight, precise and muscular in true Booker T & the MGs style.

Great‘60s film and excellent video transfer. Get it.
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