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Black Dynamite (2009)

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Black Dynamite is the greatest African-American action star of the 1970s. When his only brother is killed by The Man, it's up to him to find justice.

Director:

Scott Sanders

Writers:

Michael Jai White (screenplay), Byron Minns (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phyllis Applegate ... Aunt Billy
Obba Babatundé ... Osiris (as Obba Babatunde)
William Bassett ... Captain Yancy
Troy Lindsey Brown Troy Lindsey Brown ... Kid #1
Fredella Calloway ... Waitress
Cheryl Carter Cheryl Carter ... Black Dynamite's Mother
Juka Ceesay Juka Ceesay ... Valet Girl (as Juka Cesay)
Kevin Chapman ... O'Leary
Tommy Davidson ... Cream Corn
Lucky Davis ... Paperboy
Nicholas Earley Nicholas Earley ... Neighborhood Kid
Richard Edson ... Dino
Jason Jack Edwards ... Soul Brother (as Jason Jack Edwards)
Jon Kent Ethridge Jon Kent Ethridge ... 12 year old Black Dynamite
Mary Evans Mary Evans ... Woman at table
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Storyline

This is the story of 1970s African-American action legend Black Dynamite. The Man killed his brother, pumped heroin into local orphanages, and flooded the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor. Black Dynamite was the one hero willing to fight The Man all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hallowed halls of the Honky House.. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

He's super bad, he's outta sight. He's Black Dynamite. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality/nudity, language, some violence and drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Dynamite - yhden miehen armeija See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$131,862, 18 October 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$228,477, 25 October 2009
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The phrase that Black Dynamite (Michael Jai White) repeats hearing from a dying child is not Chinese, but actually Vietnamese for "You are full of shit." See more »

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The area code for Topeka, Kansas didn't become 785 until 1996. See more »

Quotes

[Black Dynamite walks into the militant group's hideout]
Black Dynamite: Excuse me, brothers.
Militant #3: [Gets up] The militants turn, startled. This is private. How'd you get in here?
Black Dynamite: I walked in.
Militant 2: So you one of them sneaky brothers, huh? Or maybe you an undercover pig. Or maybe you just a federal hitman.
Black Dynamite: If I was, you cats would already be dead. Now let me speak to the man in charge.
Militant #3: Sarcastically, I'm in charge.
[Exchanges hi-fives with the other militant]
Black Dynamite: If you were in charge, the people might as well surrender to ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The international version of the film contains six minutes of additional footage, consisting of extra dialogue in some scenes and extended fight sequences. In the scene where Black Dynamite and Cream Corn take a helicopter and leave Kung Fu Island, they use it to destroy Fiendish Dr. Wu's complex before heading off to the White House. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Three the Hard Way (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Action in Memphis
(uncredited)
Music by Johnny Pearson
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Best Spoof since the 80's ZAZ glory days!
18 October 2009 | by dale-loverSee all my reviews

This is what "Undercover Brother" and "Grindhouse" (minus the 'phony' trailers) wished they could have been but weren't: a tribute to a dismissed period of cinema that feels like it belongs (and comes from) its era.

But this isn't just a collection of random jokes or stabs at blaxploitation genre clichés without rhyme or reason. There is an actual story (convoluted and non-sensical but it's there, and even allows long scenes that advance the plot to unfold without a single obvious joke), there are real characters (over-the-top and cliché' but not two-dimensional walking cardboards) and there are action/fighting scenes (enhanced via the same seamless green screen/CG technology used in "Kung-Pow" a few years back) that make this an actual blaxpoitation movie that just happens to be funny because it's being so true and respectful to the genre it represents. Michael Jai White looks and inhabits his lead role like he stepped out of the 1970's; it's the best casting for a movie since Christopher Reeve got the Superman/Clark Kent role, and I'm not kidding. Supporting actors really get into their blaxpoitation roles (Arsenio Hall and Tommy Davidson are hilarious in too-brief cameos) but they don't overplay their OTT personalities or overstay their welcome. The way "Black Dynamite" gets around its 'R' rating to sneak in a graphic sex scene is not only genius but ties directly with the movie's best scene in which the 'heroes' crack the code in a cafeteria. And the orphanage scene has to be seen to be believed. :-P Only the overblown finale that pushes things way past the breaking point (think "Shoot 'Em Up" and yes, it's that big a misfire) betrays the cinematic illusion that this is a 70's flick that's been rotting in a vault somewhere.

I got my $12.50's worth and will gladly wait for the DVD because I'm sure there's a joke or two I missed. The one's that hit the mark are hilarious though. Don't listen to the DVD Talk reviewer on this one (they're usually right but this time he's way off), "Black Dynamite" is a winnah!


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