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42 Ratings

Up Tight!


Directed by Jules Dassin
United States, 1968


In this remake of the 1935 film The Informer, unemployed and desperate Tank bungles his role in a Cleveland robbery, leading his best friend and accomplice, Johnny, to kill a guard during his getaway — and then everything heads downhill.

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Up Tight! Directed by Jules Dassin

Critics reviews

It is truly remarkable to see a major studio release visualize the discourse of secretly organized black revolutionary violence (represented by commanding performances by Raymond St. Jacques and Dick Anthony Williams) overtaking peaceful protests in the immediate, disillusioned wake of spring 1968.
August 10, 2019
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Two artistically brilliant and criminally underrated films dealing in race and class consciousness, while not sacrificing one iota of art or entertainment. In addition, Blindspotting features one of the best buddy relationships in quite a long time while Uptight as a funhouse mirror sequence that is required viewing.
December 28, 2018
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A genuine revelation. In retrospect, I must have avoided this because the whole notion of a Black Power remake of John Ford’s The Informer (1935) sounded like a bad idea, but the movie proved me wrong, emerging 40-odd years later not only as a valuable time capsule but as a creditable achievement in its own right.
March 26, 2015
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