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Top 10 Blaxploitation Movies Of The Seventies

The origins of blaxploitation movie it can be found in the need for black audience recognition in the late 1960s. They were looking for a cinema that reflected their daily life and experiences. The ingredients of this subgenre include nudity, violence, funky soul music, and focus on a black protagonist in a world full of drug dealers, gamers, con artists, pimps (and their flashy outfits and cars), prostitutes, and bounty hunters. Well, at number 10 we have …

10) Foxy Brown (Jack Hill, 1974)

What Coffy This blaxploitation film is modeled after Pam Grier, who reprises her role as the avenging angel. This time, her revenge spree centers on the mob responsible for the death of her boyfriend, an undercover cop who is betrayed by his brother. Despite some simplistic plot twists, a very funny image with some violent action scenes and again a very compelling role of the irresistible Pam Grier as Foxy Brown. The soundtrack was recorded and produced by well-known R&B artist Willie Hutch.

9) Turner Truck (Jonathan Kaplan, 1974)

In this straightforward and straightforward action movie, Isaac Hayes is the former soccer star, now bounty hunter Truck Turner, who pursues a sadistic pimp on the dangerous streets of Los Angeles. A tragic accident ruins the game, and suddenly the roles are reversed. From then on, Truck engages in a game of cat and mouse between Harvard Blue (Yaphet Kotto), the ruthless Los Angeles crime king, and his hit men. Some good acting, good car chases, and a memorable climax in a hospital make this an above-average blaxploitation movie. Director Kaplan also did the stunning ‘coming of age’ drama Over the edge (1979).

8) Superfly (Gordon Parks Jr., 1972)

The drug lord Youngblood Priest (Ron O’Neal), so named because he wears his samples on a cruxifix pendant, has decided to make one last score before leaving the cocaine business permanently. Problems arise when a powerful unknown drug lord (your supplier) wants to keep you in business. Although it was a blockbuster film with one of the best soundtracks ever used in a Curtis Mayfield blaxploitation film, some critics also unfairly characterized it as a glorification of the drug trade. Followed by two sequels, TNT Superfly (1973) directed by former star O’Neal and The return of Superfly (Sig Shore, 1990).

7) Song Baadasssss by Sweet Sweetback (Melvin van Peebles, 1971)

Melvin van Peebles (who starred in, directed, wrote, edited, composed, and produced the independent film) is the con artist Sweetback whose hedonistic lifestyle takes a 180-degree turn after witnessing the brutal beating of a black activist by two police officers. xenophobic targets. He takes revenge on the two policemen and is on the run for the remaining part of the film with the police force behind him. Baadasssss Song by Sweet Sweetback is an uncompromising, experimental blaxploitation film that includes mind-blowing psychedelic imagery, use of splitscreen, and a rather subversive opening sequence involving Melvin’s son Mario. A true original.

6) Black Caesar (Larry Cohen, 1973)

The initial motives of the black trafficker Tommy Gibbs (Fred Williamson in his best role) to take over Manhattan controlled by the white man, to give better treatment to blacks, change when he begins to behave like a “black man white”. Black caesar, (also know as Godfather of harlem) was directed by the talented Larry Cohen (Bone, God told me that) known for its smart location photography that gives its films an uncommon authenticity. The original ending with the black godfather being robbed and killed by some black street children was deleted because a black audience would not accept it. Due to the success of the film, Cohen instantly made the pleasant sequel. Hell in harlem. Good music from James Brown.

5) Problematic man (Ivan Dixon, 1972)

A real gem this rather unknown blaxploitation movie with Robert Hooks (Walking fast) as Mr. T’s hassle-free fixer who has multiple business interests. He gets in trouble when two thugs hire him to investigate who is stealing from their gambling operation. Hooks is cool as the cool PI in this action packed crime movie. Although the film was a commercial failure at the time, the Marvin Gaye soundtrack was very successful.

4) Willy Dynamite (Gilbert Moses, 1974)

The blaxploitation movie featuring the most blatant pimp costumes ever, but also a compelling study of the downfall of a con man. Roscoe Orman (better known as Gordon in Sesame Street) is the successful and ruthless pimp Willy Dynamite (Willy D) who rules his group of prostitutes with a firm hand. Her decline begins when a social worker named Cora (an excellent Diana Sands) convinces one of her girls, who has been mutilated in prison, to give up “life.” Sands died of cancer shortly before the film’s release at the age of 39. A fascinating image from start to finish.

3) Coffy (Jack Hill, 1973)

A top-notch revenge movie starring the queen of the blaxploitation genre Pam Grier. Grier plays Nurse Coffy, who is determined to avenge those responsible for her little sister’s heroin addiction. As she delves further into this degenerate world, she discovers that there are people involved who are close to her. It took director Jack Hill and his team only 18 days to make this violent and subversive film that launched Pam Grier’s career. His strong central performance was also Tarantino’s main inspiration to write his screenplay for Jackie brown (1997) in which he also starred. Coffy It was remade in 1981 as Lovely but deadly with a completely white cast.

2) The Mack (Michael Campus, 1973)

Max Julien is Goldie, who returns to his neighborhood after five years in prison, who becomes a calculating and ruthless pimp. His philosophy is that if you want to control a woman’s body, you also have to control her mind (as he does in the funny Planetarium sequence). In his violent battle against his competitors and the two policemen who arrested him for the first time, he is accompanied by his loyal friend Richard Pryor (in a memorable role) and his brother (Roger E. Mosley) who try to convince him that he is exploiting his own people. . Probably the most influential blaxploitation movie and the best ‘pimp’ movie ever made. The funky music is by Willie Hutch.

1) Across 110th Street (Barry Shear, 1972)

In this fast-paced and extremely violent crime thriller directed by the underrated Barry Shear (from the excellent The Todd murders) a black police lieutenant (Yaphett Kotto) and his racist colleague (Anthony Quinn, who also co-produced) investigate a robbery by three black men at a mafia-owned political bank in which seven men were killed. For different reasons, the thieves are also hunted by sadistic Italian mafia lieutenant Nick D’Salvio (a wonderful Anthony Franciosa) and his henchmen. Great performances, excellent use of locations, and deep characterizations. Bobby Womack’s title song is also used on Tarantino’s Jackie brown and Ridley Scott American gangster.

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