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Don't Judge a Movie by the Cover
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Blaxploitation films


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Movie: Shaft ( 1971 )
Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.
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Movie: Shaft's Big Score! ( 1972 )
Shaft is back to find the murderer of an old friend on the cold hard city streets with a little help from his new friends.
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Movie: Shaft in Africa ( 1973 )
Private investigator John Shaft is recruited to go undercover to break up a modern slavery ring where young Africans are lured to Paris to do chain-gang work.
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TV Show: Shaft ( 1973 )
In this short-lived series based on the popular movie and its sequels, John Shaft is the "black private dick" who would risk his life for his brother man.
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Movie: Shaft ( 2000 )
New York City police detective John Shaft (nephew of the original 1970s detective) goes on a personal mission to make sure the son of a real estate tycoon is brought to justice after a racially-motivated murder.
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Movie: Shaft ( 2019 )
John Shaft Jr., a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, enlists his family's help to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely death.
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Movie: Coffy ( 1973 )
A black nurse takes vigilante justice against inner-city drug dealers after her sister becomes their latest victim.
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Movie: 'Sheba, Baby' ( 1977 )
A Chicago private detective returns back home to Louisville, Kentucky, to help her father fight mobsters.
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Movie: A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich ( 1978 )
Benjie is a troubled teen in Los Angeles, living with his grandmother, mother, and her new boyfriend. Traumatized by his father's desertion and the situation at home, Benjie gets introduced to heroin. The downward spiral begins. At school he faces conflict between the two teachers he respects: Nigeria who emphasizes African history and is hostile to white teachers like Mr. Cohen, who pursues racial harmony. Benjie's family must come to terms with the devastation he has created in his life and make changes which affect them all.
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Movie: A Piece of the Action ( 1978 )
Dave Anderson and Manny Durrell are two high-class sneak thieves who have never been caught. Joshua Burke is a retired detective who has enough evidence on the both of them to put them behind bars. Instead, he offers to maintain his silence if the crooks will go straight and do work at a youth center for delinquents. At first, the crooks are reluctant and unwilling (and so are the kids). As time goes by they gain the trust and admiration of the kids and they start to enjoy the job. All goes well until someone out of the past tells them they have to do one last heist...or else.
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Movie: Aaron Loves Angela ( 1975 )
In New York City, a young black boy and Puerto Rican girl fall in love despite objections from each other's families.
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Movie: Abar ( 2001 )
Upon moving into a bigoted neighborhood, the scientist father of a persecuted black family gives a superpower elixir to a tough bodyguard, who thus becomes a superpowered crimefighter.
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Movie: Abby ( 1974 )
A marriage counselor becomes possessed by the demon of sexuality, when her father in law, an exorcist, freed it while in Africa.
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Movie: Across 110th Street ( 1973 )
Two New York City cops go after amateur crooks who are trying to rip off the Mafia and start a gang war.
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Movie: Amazing Grace ( 1974 )
An elderly woman in a Baltimore neighborhood finds out that a somewhat slow-witted neighbor is being put up for local office by some shady politicians who have no interest in their neighborhood but are interested in getting their hands on the money that comes into it. She gets some neighborhood people together and together they plan to thwart the politicians' schemes.
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Movie: American Grindhouse ( 2010 )
This documentary explores the hidden history of the American Exploitation Film. The movie digs deep into this often overlooked category of U.S. cinema and unearths the shameless and occasionally shocking origins of this popular entertainment.
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Movie: Artifice: Loose Fellowship and Partners ( 2017 )
Immersed in the underbelly of Brooklyn, NY, a bargain between two gangsters gets cuckoo when one of the gangsters hires a voodoo worker to overthrow his rival.
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Movie: Baadasssss Cinema ( 2002 )
Filmmaker Isaac Julien uses film clips and interviews to illustrate the history of the so-called "blaxploitation" genre.
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Movie: Baadasssss! ( 2005 )
How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass is a movie starring Mario Van Peebles, Nia Long, and Joy Bryant. Mario Van Peebles' half-documentary/half-homage to his father Melvin Van Peebles' movie Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song...
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Movie: Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes ( 1974 )
A numbers king pin tries to stay in business as the mafia and police close in around him.
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Movie: Bamboo Gods and Iron Men ( 1974 )
The Jefferson's honeymoon night in Hong Kong will be troubled by a number of people wishing to get hold of a Bouddha statuette that the husband offered her when window-shopping that day. When the going gets rough, it helps that Cal Jefferson is a top American boxer...
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Movie: Big Time ( 1977 )
A small time con-artist gets between the FBI and a suitcase filled with money. (Josiah Howard, "Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide.")
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Movie: Black Angels ( 1970 )
When an African-American biker gang is tricked into believing that a white biker gang is planning a war, all hell breaks loose.
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Movie: Black Angels ( 2009 )
Four women run a private child support clinic by day but are collectors at night seeking out deadbeat parents and using seduction and force to make them pay up.
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Movie: Black Belt Jones ( 1974 )
The Mafia's Don learns that the City is planning a new civic center, and is buying the land where it will be, to make easy money when the city council will buy it. The one piece the Don doesn't have yet, is the old African-American karate school owned by Papa Byrd. Big Tuna, the Mafia Don's right hand man, goes to Pinky, their representative in that area and they tell him that he owes them $250,000 but instead of paying, they want him to get Papa Byrd's school. Pinky tries to muscle the karate master into handing out the property title, but he throws him out. A teacher calls Black Belt Jones, a friend of Papa Byrd, to talk to him about this, but before he does Pinky and his thugs accidentally kills Papa Byrd in a second visit. Before dying in friends' arms, Byrd says that the school belongs to Sydney - whom nobody knows. Black Belt Jones knows that Sydney is Byrd's daughter, whom he hasn't seen since she was a child. Black Belt asks a friend of his who works for the Government, to find her. Informed of her father's death, Sydney arrives for the funeral, and learns about Pinky and what he wants. Sidney goes to Pinky's place and roughs up some of his people. Then, Pinky goes over to the karate school with some back-up, manages to subdue the students, take one of them hostage, and demands either Sydney turns the school over to him or pay him $250,000. Black Belt asks his friend in Government to look into it and he tells him of this Mafia connection, and than asks Black Belt Jones to break into the Mafia stronghold and get some photos that they have and some hot cash. Jones succeeds, holds $250,000 and pays Pinky with that, then he calls the Mafia Don and tells him that it was Pinky who raided his place. Now the thugs turn onto each other. When Pinky convinces Big Tuna that he is innocent they go after Black Belt. With Sidney wanting to take revenge on her father's killers all by herself, and Jones wanting her out of the deadly battle about to start, things get ugly, fast, and furious.
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Movie: Black Caesar ( 1973 )
Raised in Harlem, Tommy Gibbs becomes a successful mob boss but he clashes with the rival Mafia and his old enemy, dirty cop McKinney.
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Movie: The Black Cobra 2 ( 1989 )
Chicago cop Robert Malone (Fred Williamson) finds himself in The Philippines, ostensibly to learn the techniques of Interpol. Before he exits the Manila airport, his wallet is stolen by a pickpocket. Malone endures a testy relationship with his new colleague Kevin McCall while evidence surrounding the stolen wallet pulls both of them deeper and deeper into a web of intrigue.
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Movie: Action Jackson ( 1988 )
Vengence drives a tough Detroit cop to stay on the trail of a power hungry auto magnate who's systematically eliminating his competition.
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Movie: Bare Knuckles ( 1978 )
A bounty hunter in Los Angeles sets out to track down and stop a masked serial killer who murders women by using kung-fu moves.
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Movie: Black Devil Doll from Hell ( 1984 )
A woman buys an antique doll at a thrift store and does not realize that it is cursed. The doll uses its powers to seduce her while she is asleep and then escape back to the store. She starts to lose interest in sexual activities with her partners as the doll is able to give her a much better satisfaction, so she sets out to find it, but with deadly consequences.
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Movie: Black Dynamite ( 2010 )
Black Dynamite is the greatest African-American action star of the 1970s. When his only brother is killed by The Man, it's up to him to find justice.
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TV Show: Black Dynamite ( 2012 )
Dynamite is a 1970s renaissance man with a kung-fu grip. A lover and a fighter who is not afraid to leap before he looks. His sidekick extraordinaire is Bullhorn, the brains and cunning that complements Black Dynamite's hard-hittin', bone-crushin' style. Providing comic relief on the mean streets is Cream Corn and classing up the place is the gorgeous Honey Bee.
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Movie: Black Lolita ( 1975 )
A singer returns to her home town, puts together a team of fighters to go after local gangsters.
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Movie: Black Girl ( 1972 )
An aspiring dancer and her wicked sisters resent their mother's love for a foster daughter.
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Movie: Black Gunn ( 1973 )
A black militant group robs a Mafia bookie joint and also steals the incriminating ledgers which, in turn, prompts retaliation from the mob.
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Movie: Black Heat ( 1982 )
Kicks Carter, a streetwise Las Vegs cop, is out to shut down an upscale hotel that is actually a front for a host of illegal activities. A gang headed by the scuzzy Ziggy is running everything from gun-running and loan-sharking to prostitution and drug-dealing, and a beautiful but nosy reporter keeps getting in Kicks' way.
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Movie: Black Jack ( 1972 )
Three anti-war activists hijack a B-52 bomber.
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Movie: Black Lightning ( 2008 )
Black Lightning is recruited as an undercover cop to infiltrate Ricky Rodriguez, also known as 'The Mexecutioner', and find out where a major drug deal is about to happen. Meanwhile, Twist Jackson, a past nemesis of Black's, treks across the state in pursuit of him with his own agenda.
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Movie: Black Lightning: Tobias's Revenge ( 2017 )
While on a mission to rescue the kidnapped mayor of Metropolis, Jefferson Pierce aka (Black Lightning) faces his nemesis Tobias Whale and several high ranking members of the 100 gang making it his toughest battle yet.
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TV Show: Black Lightning ( 2018 )
Black Lightning centers on Jefferson Pierce. He made his choice: he hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he'll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning.
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Movie: Black Mama White Mama ( 1973 )
When two troublemaking female prisoners (one a revolutionary, the other a former harem-girl) can't seem to get along, they are chained together and extradited for safekeeping. The women, still chained together, stumble, stab, and cat-fight their way across the wilderness, igniting a bloody shootout between gangsters and a group of revolutionaries.
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Movie: Black Panther ( 2018 )
T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.
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Movie: Black Panther: Origins ( 2020 )
The untold story of how T'Challa, the King of Wakanda, rose to power in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda.
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Movie: Black Samson ( 1974 )
Noble nightclub owner Samson does his best to keep his neighborhood clean of crime and drugs. When vicious mobster Johnny Nappa tries to muscle in on Samson's territory, Samson takes a brave stand against Nappa and his flunkies.
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Movie: Black Starlet ( 1974 )
Girl leaves Gary, Indiana, to become a star in Hollywood.
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Movie: Black and Blue ( 2019 )
A rookie New Orleans police officer is forced to balance her identity as a black woman after she witnesses two corrupt cops committing murder.
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Movie: Bogard ( 1975 )
To make money, a Los Angeles street-fighter goes to work for gangsters.
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Movie: Book of Numbers ( 1979 )
Two waiters in Depression-era Arkansas get involved in the numbers racket.
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Movie: Brother on the Run ( 1973 )
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Movie: Brotherhood of Death ( 2003 )
A group of black Vietnam vets go up against the Ku Klux Klan.
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Movie: Bucktown ( 1975 )
Duke Johnson visits a small Southern town, intent on burying his brother. After the funeral, he learns that he must stay for 60 days, for the estate to be processed. A few locals convince Duke to reopen his late brother's nightclub, and soon the local police are intimidating Duke with threats of violence. Duke refuses to pay the bribes they demand, so then he and his lady friend Aretha are threatened and attacked by the crooked cops. Rather than take them on himself, Duke calls on his old pal Roy. Roy brings a few buddies to Bucktown, and they bring justice to the small town. With the cops out of the way, Duke lets his guard down. Then the situation gets out of hand again. Finally, Duke must settle the score himself.
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Movie: Car Wash ( 1976 )
A comedic take on the daily life of a car wash employees, chronicling their hopes, fears, joys, dreams and tribulations. And meeting a few eccentric costumers along the way.
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Movie: Black Cobra 3: The Manila Connection ( 1990 )
A shipment of American weapons is stolen in the Philippines. An American named Hawkins tries to find the weapons. Hawkins ends up dead. Chicago policeman Bob Malone is called in to investigate. Along with Interpol agent Greg Duncan, Malone travels the streets of Manila, tracking down leads. Criminals always seem to know where Duncan and Malone will be, which leads them to suspect a traitor in their midst.
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Movie: Cotton Comes to Harlem ( 1970 )
Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson are two black cops with a reputation for breaking the odd head. Both are annoyed at the success of the Reverend Deke O'Mailey who is selling trips back to Africa to the poor on the installment plan. When his truck is hijacked and a bale of cotton stuffed with money is lost in the chase, Harlem is turned upside down by Gravedigger and Coffin Ed, the Reverend, and the hijackers. Much of the humor is urban black, which was unusual in 1970.
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Movie: Blacula ( 1972 )
An ancient African prince, turned into a vampire by Dracula himself, finds himself in modern Los Angeles.
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Movie: Scream Blacula Scream ( 1973 )
The vampire Mamuwalde (Blacula) is stirred by African voodoo, and is forced to kill again.
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Movie: Darktown Strutters ( 1975 )
Syreena must investigate the disappearance of her mother, Cinderella. A series of wild complications follow.
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Movie: Death Dimension ( 1978 )
The Pig has a plan to eradicate some people with a freeze bomb that instantly freezes people to death. It is up to Detective Ash to stop him and protect the woman with the secret to the ice bomb embedded in a microdot under the skin of her forehead.
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Movie: Death Force ( 1978 )
An American Vietnam soldier on his way home is left for dead and is saved by a pair of Japanese stragglers from WWII, who train him in the way of the samurai.
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Movie: Death Promise ( 1978 )
An apartment dweller goes on a search-and-destroy mission to kill the ruthless landlords who murdered his father.
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Movie: Devil's Express ( 1976 )
A tough black martial artist cop takes on warring street gangs and an evil demon that haunts the New York City subways.
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Movie: Dolemite ( 1975 )
Dolemite is a pimp who was set up by Willie Greene and the cops, who have planted drugs, stolen furs, and guns in his trunk and got him sentenced to 20 years in jail. One day, Queen B and a warden planned to get him out of Jail and get Willie Green and Mitchell busted for what they did to him. However, Dolemite is no stupid man and has a lot of warriors backing him, such as his call girls, who are Karate Experts--and lots more....
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Movie: The Legend of Dolemite ( 1994 )
Blaxploitation legend Rudy Ray Moore tells all in a retrospective of his illustrious career as the original "Godfather of Rap".
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Movie: Shaolin Dolemite ( 1999 )
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Movie: The Dolemite Explosion ( 2002 )
From the baddest black action hero of all time; more bone-breaking, more name-taking, more booty-shaking and more love-making. Dolemite is back from Africa with his all-girl kung-fu army.
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Movie: Dolemite Is My Name ( 2019 )
Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.
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Movie: Don't Play Us Cheap ( 1973 )
Film version of Melvin Van Peebles' Broadway musical. A pair of devil-bats take human form and crash a Harlem house party in an attempt to break it up. But somehow, their attempts to ruin the party fail.
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Movie: Drum ( 1976 )
A mid-19th century mulatto slave is torn between his success as a pit-fighter and the injustices of white society.
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Movie: Redrum ( 2007 )
A bored couple rejuvenate their marriage by turning to murder.
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Movie: Dixie Dynamite ( 1976 )
When their moonshiner father is killed by a corrupt deputy, two young girls decide to take over his business and get revenge on the men who had him killed.
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Movie: Fight for Your Life ( 1980 )
A mean trashy exploitation picture about three convicts who escape from jail and hole up at the house of a black minister. There are a few nasty scenes where the minister's family is being repeatedly terrorized by the thugs. In the end the minister turns the tables on the 3 convicts and gives them their just desserts.
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Movie: Fox Style ( 1973 )
A wealthy nightclub owner struggles to reconcile his country upbringing with his city environs.
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Movie: Foxtrap ( 1987 )
Private detective is hired by rich man to find his niece, who has disappeared while traveling in Europe.
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Movie: Foxy Brown ( 1974 )
A voluptuous black woman takes a job as a high-class prostitute in order to get revenge on the mobsters who murdered her boyfriend.
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Movie: Friday Foster ( 1977 )
At Los Angeles airport, magazine photographer Friday Foster witnesses an assassination attempt against billionaire Blake Tarr and is drawn into a murky political conspiracy.
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TV Show: Get Christie Love! ( 1974 )
Get Christie Love! is a crime drama series about a female undercover cop who has beauty, brains and a badge.
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Movie: Get Christie Love! ( 1974 )
A beautiful policewoman goes undercover to break up a drug ring.
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Movie: Gordon's War ( 1974 )
Four Vietnam Vets go to war against the drug dealers and pimps of Harlem.
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Movie: Halls of Anger ( 1970 )
An all-black inner city school has to become an integrated school. Few dozen white kids are transfered there, but the black students are aggressively opposed to this. The school then approaches a tough black teacher for help.
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Movie: Hammer ( 1972 )
A Los Angeles dock worker becomes a boxer but his crooked manager is involved in various rackets and he's working for the mob.
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Movie: Hammer, Slammer, & Slade ( 1990 )
Hammer, a well dressed well manured young dectetive finds out the hard way that everything he know a has been a lie. After his partners sucide, via soup that was much much too hot. Hammer starts to notice a pattern in his crime scene that lead him to the head of a major soup corporation. All out war as the soup boils over.
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Movie: Hangup ( 1974 )
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Movie: Hit Man ( 1972 )
A lawyer whose brother was murdered winds up getting involved with gangsters and the world of porno movies.
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Movie: Hot Potato ( 1976 )
Martial-arts expert tries to rescue an ambassador's daughter who was kidnapped in Thailand.
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Movie: I Escaped from Devil's Island ( 1973 )
In 1916, A group of prisoners plot their escape from the notorious fortress located in French Guiana.
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Movie: I'm Gonna Git You Sucka ( 1989 )
In this parody of blaxploitation movies, a black hero wannabe reunites former black heroes from the 70s to help him get revenge on Mr. Big.
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Movie: J.D.'s Revenge ( 1976 )
A docile black law student is possessed by a 1940's mobster in mid 1970s New Orleans, Louisiana. The mobster seeks revenge upon the people who killed him and his sister.
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Movie: Joe Bullet ( 1973 )
When a mysterious gangster starts sabotaging soccer team The Eagles' chance at winning the upcoming championship final, there is only one man who can save the day...Joe Bullet.
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Movie: Lady Cocoa ( 1975 )
Foxy Lady Cocoa is out to take down her mobster boyfriend.
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Movie: Lady Sings the Blues ( 1972 )
The story of the troubled life and career of the legendary Jazz singer, Billie Holiday.
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Movie: Lawman Without a Gun ( 1978 )
During the 1960s' civil rights movement, a black civil rights worker returns to his small Southern town and runs for Sheriff against the incumbent, a popular segregationist.
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Movie: Leadbelly ( 1976 )
The life of Blues and folk singer Huddie Leadbetter, nicknamed Leadbelly is recounted. Covering the good times and bad from his 20s to 40s. Much of that time was spent on chain gangs in the south. Even in prison he became well known for the songs he had composed and sung during and before the time he spent there.
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Movie: Let's Do It Again ( 1975 )
Two Atlanta men raise funds for their charity by rigging boxing matches in New Orleans, but their tricks attract the mob's attention.
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Movie: Live and Let Die ( 1973 )
007 is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organization and a reliable psychic tarot card reader.
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Movie: Mean Mother ( 1973 )
Two Vietnam deserters go their separate ways, become criminals and are eventually reunited.
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Movie: Melinda ( 1972 )
A slick, smooth-talking, womanizing young black DJ falls hard for an enigmatic woman he's just met. Things take a turn for the worse, though, when she is found dead in his apartment. It turns out that she was killed by the local mob, which is trying to frame him for the crime. With the police after him, he calls on some of his old acquaintances to help clear his name and avenge the woman's death.
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Movie: Miss Melody Jones ( 1972 )
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Movie: Mister Deathman ( 1983 )
Geoffrey Graves is a suave secret agent who's called out of retirement and sent to South Africa to recover a kidnapped aerospace engineer before he can reveal the secrets of the government's experimental "solar shuttle". He faces a lesbian enemy agent named "Liz" and there's a rotary phone in a Lamborghini.
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Movie: Mr. Mean ( 1977 )
A former Cosa Nostra henchman seeks greener pastures. Hiring himself out as a hit man, he immediately lands a job. His mission: wipe out his old boss.
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Movie: Mr. Ricco ( 1975 )
A San Francisco attorney (Dean Martin) is hired to defend a black militant accused of murder.
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