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Black Gunn

3.8 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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BLACK GUNN is a classic blaxploitation crime drama featuring nonstop action, a hot soul soundtrack and amazing fashion and style. The film stars cult legends Jim Brown (He Got Game, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka), Brenda Sykes (Mandingo, Cleopatra Jones), Oscar(r)-winner Martin Landau (1998 Best Supporting Actor, Ed Wood), Luciana Paluzzi (Thunderball), Bernie Casey (Brian's Song) and Bruce Glover (Ghost World, Diamonds are Forever) with a cameo by pro football star Vida Blue. When a group of revolutionaries rob a Mafia-run gambling operation, nightclub owner Gunn tries to protect his politically radical brother Scotty from the mobsters and the police who come looking for him. But after Scotty is violently murdered, Gunn hits the streets looking for revenge. Chasing down the killer in his white Rolls Royce, Gunn hooks up with his brother's revolutionary friends and the cops for an explosiveshowdown with the mob boss and his gang.

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  • Actors: Martin Landau, Luciana Paluzzi, Brenda Sykes, Stephen McNally, Jim Brown
  • Directors: Robert Hartford-Davis
  • Producers: John Heyman, Norman Priggen
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000WN154
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,792 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I have recently developed an appeciation for low budget British filmmaker Robert Hartford-Davis (1923-1977) after watching a handful of his horror films such as BLACK TORMENT (1965), CORRUPTION (1968), and THE FIEND aka BEWARE THE BRETHREN (1972). The constant thread running through these and such films as BLACK GUNN (1973) are imaginative camerawork, crisp but non-flashy editing, and consistently interesting performances from his actors. In that sense Hartford-Davis is sort of a poor man's Michael Winner (literally since he never had the budgets Winner did for his films) which is meant as a compliment. I have a strong admiration for directors like Edgar G. Ulmer, Edward L. Cahn, and now Hartford-Davis who could create numerous memorable moments out of the small budgets that they had to work with. Small budgets also meant that they were stuck in genre films like horror or exploitation (Blaxploitation in this case) but even in this category the cream always manages to rise to the top.

Despite the title, BLACK GUNN is not a remake of the old TV series PETER GUNN refitted for an African-American audience. It's an urban crime melodrama set in L.A. with Jim Brown as the successful owner of a night club whose younger brother rips off the mob. We all know happens when you do that. Throw in some black militancy, some deliberately provocative racist dialogue, a delightfully droll performance by Martin Landau as the chief baddie, and B movie veterans Bruce Glover and William Campbell as a pair of deliriously sleazy hoods and you've got classic entertainment early 70s style (I'm sure Quentin Tarantino knows this particular movie).
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Great film. It has a lot of action and a great plot. A lot of people stereotype films from this era but then people like that aren't really serious about film making. If you want to know where Tarantino got all of his ideas and film making skills then you have to watch these films and this film.
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Utterly dull blacksploitation that consists of a series of scenes that are boring and hysterically anti-white. The anti-honky messages are part of the game, but they don't add up at all, and they get tedious after the first cliché of "whites roughing up the blacks". There's some 70's music and a few low-budget gun fights but it lacks any story or sense of urgency.

Features a few actors who are recognizable. Martin Landau as Capelli, Stephen McNally as Laurento, Bernie Casey as Seth, Gary Conway as Adams, Bruce Glover as Ray Kriley and Jim Brown as Gunn.
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Pretty entertaining Blaxpoitation film with Jim Brown, Brenda Sykes, Bernie Casey and Martin Landeau. It is not the best written script, but the action and actors make it work. It is actually entertaining if you know what you are in store of from movies from that time period.
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Jim Brown has plenty of cool to spare in this blaxploitation throwaway. "Black Gunn" (1972) is worth a look for its eclectic cast (check out Luciana Paluzzi, Bruce Glover, Keefe Brasselle and a sadly underutilized Martin Landau), but don't expect any surprises. Better-than-average production values make for a passable time-filler.
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If you're tired (like me) of The Man keepin' you down, then Jim Brown is the brother you got to dig! Black Gunn is a satisfying slice of Mob mayhem vs. righteous dudes. Takin' it upside the head is Martin Landau as the Mob boss, doing a lot with a relatively small role. The soundtrack is real fine, especially the chase scene at the horsetrack. But can you believe that white boy trying to outrun the World's Greatest Running Back? Disrespect The Man and check this out!
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Jim Brown starred in several blaxploitation films, perhaps most notably Slaughter. 1972's Black Gunn was also a starring vehicle for Martin Landau (ouch), and one of several influences later spoofed in I'm Gonna Git You Sucka.

As classic blaxploitation, Black Gunn is an action film with a predominantly black cast: validation that basic urban storylines can be told regardless of color. Unfortunately and like so many other examples of the genre, Black Gunn is let down by ketchup packet special effects. Jim Brown looks slightly ridiculous (who wouldn't?) driving a white Rolls-Royce throughout the film, especially in the chase scene.

As well, Black Gunn is not particularly edgy. The counter-racism is prevalent, but most of the anti-black racism is saved for attempts at humor. A minor character (baseball player Vida Blue in a cameo) is threatened with a trip to "that great watermelon patch in the sky."

Bruce Glover (Crispin's dad) is sinister here as head goon Kriley. However, Martin Landau is oddly cast here and in any case not very good. Perhaps the biggest dealbreaker is the disappointing soundtrack.

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2.75 stars
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This is a classic of Blacksplotation movies. I just saw it and it has all the crazy things that you would want: Lots of crazy white people, over the top jive speak, guns, hair and groovy music. What more do you want?
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