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Colourful recreation of Melvin Van Peebles’ struggles making the radical black breakthrough film ‘Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song’ in 1971, dramatised by his son Mario, who like dad puts himself centre-frame as the cigar-chomping go-it-alone tyrant (a young Mario in turn appears in the film, taking notes for posterity). Part history lesson, part payback, part tribute, it hasn’t the original film’s psychotic verve, but it’s a useful accessory.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday June 10 2005
Duration: 108 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Mario Van Peebles
Cast: Mario Van Peebles
David Alan Grier
Rainn Wilson
Paul Rodriguez
Khleo Thomas
Ossie Davis
Nia Long
Melvin Van Peebles
Joy Bryant
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