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Monday, June 29, 2009

Black Gunn (1972)


  • Jim Brown
  • Martin Landau
  • Brenda Sykes
  • Luciana Paluzzi
  • Vida Blue
Football great Jim Brown stars as Gunn, a tough and smart LA bar owner whose Black Revolutionary brother Scott is killed by a group of Black Revolutionaries. Gunn then goes on a rampage, killing all those that contributed to his brother's death. His search leads him to discover that elements with in the LA police department and the federal government are also involved in Scott's death.

Although it's not often discussed, "Black Gun" is a very enjoyable Blaxploitation flick. Jim Brown gives a surprisingly good performance as Gunn and veteran actor and Oscar winner Martin Landau is on hand as Capelli, giving a fine performance. And besides, its fun to watch actors such as Landau in cheep exploitation flicks. Director Robert Hartford-Davis does a commendable job in the director's chair as the action scenes are very well done and exiting. He also is able to direct a good amount of tension during a scene where Gunn confronts a drug dealer in a bowling alley. He doesn't handle some of the more mundane conversations as well, but luckily Jim Brown is there to pick up the slack. The score is also pretty cool, even if it is underutilized. It's much mellower and quite than the typical Blaxploitation score like "Shaft" and "Super Fly", but it works for the film none the less. The script is more than decent as well, it could have used some work, but its well paced and contains some great lines. Now, this is not a morally ambiguous movie in anyway, its pretty much an exploitation melodrama, so don't expect well drawn out or complex characters. However, for what "Black Gunn" is trying to accomplish the melodrama elements work to the film's favor. Over all this is a very good and really under-appreciated slice of Blaxploitation fun.


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