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Deliver Us from Evil (1975)

Joey (original title)
PG | | Drama | March 1977 (USA)
Violent and dramatic events dog the life of hot headed rebel Chris Townes. Drifting from one menial job to another, where he finds resentment and eventually arrest, he finaly loses his ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marie O'Henry Marie O'Henry ... Mindy
Renny Roker Renny Roker ... Chris Townes
Candi Keath Candi Keath ... Kim (as Kandi Keath)
Cal Haynes Cal Haynes
Mike Sims Mike Sims
Juanita Moore
Danny Martín Danny Martín ... Little Joe
Tony Charles Tony Charles
Bill Conklin Bill Conklin
Marc Hannibal
Maurice Williams Maurice Williams
Nellie Mills Nellie Mills
Hershell Walthall Hershell Walthall
Maurice Emanuel Maurice Emanuel
Henry Oliver Henry Oliver


Violent and dramatic events dog the life of hot headed rebel Chris Townes. Drifting from one menial job to another, where he finds resentment and eventually arrest, he finaly loses his apartment and leaves in a rage. Chris meets Mindy and saves her from the hands of a violent gang. To thank him she introduces him to a happier way of life. Then suddenly, this new world is shattered by the most horrific event in Chris's turbulent life. Written by Mike Steel <vulture75@yahoo.com>

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Impassioned low budget effort.
2 December 2017 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Renny Roker stars as Chris Townes, a volatile young man who drifts from job to job, and even gets in trouble with the law. As aimless as he is, his consciousness does get raised as he meets Mindy (Marie O'Henry), a recreation director at a school. Regularly, Mindy and the students, including a paraplegic named Little Joe (Danny Martin), are terrorized by bullying local drug pushers.

Ultimately, this is a quite sobering treatise on the elements tearing apart the black community from within. Its low budget shows quite readily, and while the filmmaking may lack slickness, the message still comes through loud and clear. The script, by producer-director Horace Jackson, does fall back on speechifying at the end, as Chris addresses the audience directly in an urgent wake-up call. You'll realize that when tragedies strike near the end of the film, things won't be resolved anytime soon. Still, it's hard to deny the satisfaction of seeing one of the antagonists be ostracized by his father.

The actors are similarly impassioned themselves, although with the character of Chris, it's not a quick progression / character arc. Much of the cast is made up of no-names, although veteran actress Juanita Moore (the 1959 version of "Imitation of Life") makes a special appearance, and you might recognize O'Henry from "Three the Hard Way" & "Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde" and Roker from "Melinda" & "Honky Tonk Freeway".

As with many blaxploitation features, one of the joys lies in the music score, performed by "The Enchantment", although it may be just a little TOO omnipresent.

Obviously, this is something of an obscurity within its genre, but blaxploitation fans should find it to be interesting.

Seven out of 10.

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