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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Panther (1995)

  • Kadeem Hardison
  • Bokeem Woodbine
  • Joe Don Baker
  • Courtney B. Vance
  • Tyrin Turner
  • Marcus Chong
  • Anthony Griffith
  • Bobby Brown
  • Angela Bassett
  • Jenifer Lewis
  • Chris Rock
  • Dick Gregory
  • Kool Moe Dee
  • Melvin Van Peebles
  • Chris Tucker
  • Dwayne P. Wiggins
  • Mario Van Peebles
Panther is a semi-historic film about the origins of The Black Panther Party of Self-Defense. The movie spans about 3 years (1966-68) of the Black Panther's history in Oakland. Panther also uses historical footage (B/W) to emphasize some points.
Written by Melvin Van Peebles
Directed by Mario Van Pebbles

This controversial political drama semi-fictionalizes the history of the radical Black Panther Party, an African-American organization that polarized America from 1966-70. Huey Newton (Marcus Chong) and Bobby Seale (Courtney B. Vance) are a pair of Oakland, California, men who form a new political party dedicated to protecting Blacks from bigoted cops through violent means. Their "Black Panther Party for Self-Protection" serves free lunch to kids, educates the community in African-American awareness, gets drug dealers off the streets, and has gunbattles with the Oakland police. Two members of the Panther Party are Tyrone (Bokeem Woodbine) and Judge (Kadeem Hardison). When FBI director J. Edgar Hoover (Richard Dysart) suspects that the Black Panthers' leftist leanings are an indication of communist involvement, Judge, an affable Vietnam vet, agrees to become a double agent, reporting to both the Feds and the Panthers. After the Panthers storm the State Assembly in Sacramento, political paranoia grows, and Hoover conspires with the mafia to flood urban streets with cheap heroin, thus destroying the party. Director Mario Van Peebles, who also appears in the role of Stokely Carmichael, worked from a script written by his father, Melvin Van Peebles, based on his book about his real-life experiences with the Black Panthers.

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Link to soundtrack review
Various artists - Panther OST (1995)


NYPRBLUE said...

Remember thinking Mario was too much of a showboat to do this justice. And I was right. There was one scene where two fellows are talking on a basketball court and the camera swirls around and around, faster and faster, for no reason. Drove me crazy. Like all those long, lingering, loving shots of Mario's own body muscles in Posse. Ridiculous.
The great Black Panther film has yet to be made.
But I DID dig this soundtrack at the time. Thanks for reminding me.

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