Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song

Directed by Melvin Van Peebles

‘Rated X by an all white jury.’ Along with COTTON COMES TO HARLEM, this is credited as the film that kicked off the blaxploitation cycle. Sweetback is a renowned L.A. hustler on the run after nearly killing two cops in revenge for their beating of a black revolutionary. Driven by an Earth, Wind & Fire soundtrack, the film was so controversial that only two cinemas in the U.S. would dare show it.’…about rising out of the mud and kicking ass.’ ­ Melvin Van Peebles

97 minutes

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