Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song

[Screenshot]This movie, alas, really has nothing at all going for it except for a certain bizarre historical significance. We can start with the insanely low production values, which skimp on things like lighting and sound to the point where the action and dialogue is nigh-impossible to follow. Not that I’m missing much, I guess. Half of the scenes involve the title character running, a quarter have him having extraordinarily unconvincing sex, and the remaining quarter are straight-up weird, like they accidentally spliced in one of the later reels of 2001 or Solaris. I guess it’s all supposed to be some sort of militant Black Pride statement, but it’s seriously buried under a ton of irreleventia. If you cut it down to the few scenes of Sweetback actually beating up cops and talking to radical preachers and the like, I could see that, but where does the cross-dressing floor show or the sex-battle with the Hell’s Angels come in? So bizarre, so badly scripted, and so low-budget. This one actually sucks pretty hard.

See also: IMDB, Wikipedia.


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I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

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