Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

Directed by Melvin Van Peebles

Xenon Pictures, Inc. | February 4, 2003 | DVD

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In Melvin Van Peebles's SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG, a black sex performer becomes a reluctant hero when he kills the two white cops who brutalized a young prisoner for racist reasons. Heading south of the border, he runs into plenty of quirky 1970s stock characters.

Video Release: February 4, 2003

Runtime: 90

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: Xenon Pictures, Inc.

UPC: 000799106426

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Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

Directed by Melvin Van Peebles

Video Release: February 4, 2003

Runtime: 90

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: Xenon Pictures, Inc.

UPC: 000799106426


Edition Description
  • Color
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English

Synopsis

In Melvin Van Peebles's SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG, a black sex performer becomes a reluctant hero when he kills the two white cops who brutalized a young prisoner for racist reasons. Heading south of the border, he runs into plenty of quirky 1970s stock characters.

Description

An apolitical black sex performer becomes a reluctant picaresque hero when he kills the two white policemen who brutalized a young prisoner for racist reasons. On the run to Mexico, he encounters all manner of provocatively stereotypical characters, including a showercapped ghetto thug who won't help him, a hypocritical Baptist preacher who also won't help him, and, of course, a host of multicolored women who can't get enough of his supercharged sexuality. A historically and ideologically significant work, and also the likely progenitor of the "blaxploitation" genre. Soundtrack by Earth, Wind and Fire. Rarely available.

Notes

Melvin's son, Mario--also a multitalented filmmaker himself--appears in the film as the young Sweetback. The film is dedicated to "Brothers and sisters who have had enough of the Man."
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