Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song VHS
An apolitical black sex performer becomes a reluctant picaresque hero when he kills the two white policemen who brutalized a young prisoner for racist reasons. On the run to Mexico, he encounters all manner of provocatively stereotypical characters, including a showercapped ghetto thug who won't help him, a hypocritical Baptist preacher who also won't help him, and, of course, a host of multicolored women who can't get enough of his supercharged sexuality. A historically and ideologically significant work, and also the likely progenitor of the "blaxploitation" genre. Soundtrack by Earth, Wind and Fire. VIEWER COMMENT: "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.
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