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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Uptight! (1968)

  • Raymond St. Jacques
  • Ruby Dee
  • Frank Silvera
  • Roscoe Lee Browne
  • Julian Mayfield
Uptight is an updated remake of John Ford's 1935 film, The Informer. Dublin becomes the Cleveland ghetto and the Irish Republicans are replaced by black revolutionary fighters. Days after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Tank Williams (Julian Mayfield) is an unemployed and itinerant steelworker who turns over his militant friend, Johnny Wells (Max Julien) to the police for $1,000 reward, resulting in an underground all-points bulletin to exact vengeance on the squealer. Legendary director, Jules Dassin's unrelenting directional pace is complemented by the driving score of Booker T. Jones. The stellar cast includes Raymond St. Jacques, Ruby Dee, Roscoe Lee Browne, and Frank Silvera. 

Link to soundtrack review.
Booker T. & The MGs - Uptight! (1968)


tpl70 said...

I have recently purchased the soundtrack from a UK site. Found it marvellous. Obviously I've never seen the movie and don't think I will ever find the dvd here in Italy.
Bye bye my friend

Michael A. Gonzales said...

This is one of my favorite films. Every now and then they screen it in New York. Saw it in Brooklyn during the Afro-Punk Festival two years ago. Ruby Dee spoke afterward.

Anonymous said...

Uptight can be seen on Netflix instant queue.

Anonymous said...

Torrent of the film available:

fishermen777 said...

Great movie

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