Video Release: February 4, 2003
Rating: R (MPAA)
Studio: Xenon Pictures, Inc.
- Runtime: 90 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English
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.
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.
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."