Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song


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Produced, directed, written, scored by, and starring Melvin Van Peebles, this landmark blaxploitation film was as controversial as it was popular for its then X-rated story of one African-American man's triumph over the Man. After beating a couple of white cops he witnessed brutalizing a local black revolutionary, sex show performer Sweetback (Van Peebles) has to go on the run. As he flees through decrepit South Central Los Angeles, Sweetback demonstrates his formidable potency through sex as well as violence, evading the police manhunt by any means necessary. As Sweetback runs off into the sunset, however, Van Peebles warns that the story, like the 1960s racial strife, isn't over.~ Lucia Bozzola, All Movie Guide

Release details

Rated: R
Release date: Friday April 23 1971
Duration: 97 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Melvin Van Peebles
Screenwriter: Melvin Van Peebles
Cast: Melvin Van Peebles
Rhetta Hughes
John Amos
Simon Chuckster
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