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348 Ratings

Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

Directed by Melvin Van Peebles
United States, 1971
Drama, Thriller, Crime


After saving a Black Panther from some racist cops, a black prostitute goes on the run from “the man” with the help of the ghetto community and some disillusioned Hells Angels.

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Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song Directed by Melvin Van Peebles
Despite the prevalence of exploitation-style sex and violence, Van Peebles’ message is ultimately humane. . . . Van Peebles also achieves some impressive effects with sound, with unpredictable bursts of voiceover narration, offscreen sound, and a rousing score that features Earth, Wind & Fire.
August 03, 2018
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A cinematic fusillade melding gonzo humor and guerrilla filmmaking tactics, Melvin Van Peebles’s Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song is at once an intellectual enterprise and a communal rallying cry.
June 10, 2018
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Snipes’s incredibly attractive and sinister performance as rising power-drunk Harlem drug kingpin Nino Brown is in sync with the film’s operatic excessiveness and graphic novel-like setpieces and plot turns. More nuanced than Al Pacino’s spasmodic Scarface, Snipes’s Nino has shades of Bogart and Brando, but with an itchier trigger finger (bodies pile up with near-comic indiscrimination in Van Peebles’s pulpy vision).
March 28, 2017
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