History Film / SweetSweetbacksBaadasssssSong

28th Nov '16 4:25:41 PM Morgenthaler
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* BadAss: Well, it's right there in the title.
28th Oct '16 9:05:48 PM storyyeller
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Director Van Peebles was fresh off directing the race-reversal comedy ''Watermelon Man'' when he developed the idea for this film when he stopped his car out in the Mojave Desert one day. Because no studio would finance it, he directed, wrote, produced, scored and acted in the whole thing himself, up to and including doing his own stunt work. He was, however, able to score a $50,000 dollar loan from Creator/BillCosby. When the film was finished, it was rated X by the MPAA, inspiring the {{tagline}} seen in the poster to the right; "Rated X by an all-white jury". Because of this rating, it couldn't be advertised in newspapers, so Melvin did the promoting for it himself too. What's more, only two theaters would play it. But despite all this, Melvin's hopes were not in vain. The film became a runaway success, grossing $4,100,000. It became required viewing of the Black Panthers. [[FollowTheLeader Because of its success, filmmakers started seeing the potential for profit in directing films catered to black audiences, and thus was born blaxploitation]]. All-in-all, this film is essential viewing for anyone interested in either film history or black history.

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Director Van Peebles was fresh off directing the race-reversal comedy ''Watermelon Man'' when he developed the idea for this film when he stopped his car out in the Mojave Desert one day. Because no studio would finance it, he directed, wrote, produced, scored and acted in the whole thing himself, up to and including doing his own stunt work. He was, however, able to score a $50,000 dollar loan from Creator/BillCosby. When the film was finished, it was rated X by the MPAA, inspiring the {{tagline}} seen in the poster to the right; {{tagline}}; "Rated X by an all-white jury". Because of this rating, it couldn't be advertised in newspapers, so Melvin did the promoting for it himself too. What's more, only two theaters would play it. But despite all this, Melvin's hopes were not in vain. The film became a runaway success, grossing $4,100,000. It became required viewing of the Black Panthers. [[FollowTheLeader Because of its success, filmmakers started seeing the potential for profit in directing films catered to black audiences, and thus was born blaxploitation]]. All-in-all, this film is essential viewing for anyone interested in either film history or black history.
26th May '16 4:23:51 PM Mdumas43073
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12th May '16 6:06:56 PM bt8257
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* SteelEardrums: Averted. The police torture one of Sweetback's associates for Sweetback's location (information the man does not have) by firing a pistol next to his ears, which destroys his hearing.

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* SteelEardrums: SteelEarDrums: Averted. The police torture one of Sweetback's associates for Sweetback's location (information the man does not have) by firing a pistol next to his ears, which destroys his hearing.



7th Nov '15 5:23:30 PM ANTMuddle
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In 2004, the aforementioned son, Mario, wrote, directed and starred in ''Baadasssss'', which dramatized the film's production and release.

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In 2004, the aforementioned son, Mario, wrote, directed and starred in ''Baadasssss'', ''BAADASSSSS!'', which dramatized the film's production and release.
7th Nov '15 5:22:24 PM ANTMuddle
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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The movie title is often and understandably spelled wrong.

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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The movie title is often and understandably spelled wrong. (For the record, this spelling of Baadasssss has two A's in "bad" and five S's in "ass.")
29th Oct '14 4:28:46 PM Patachou
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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The movie title is often and understandably spelled wrong.
19th Sep '14 10:39:26 AM moloch
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* DyeingForYourArt: [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19460_5-classic-movies-that-were-made-possible-by-insane-schemes_p2.html Van Peebles went through terrible things to finish the movie.]] To the point he contracted gonorrhea shooting a sex scene with a prostitute... and spent the DGA workman's compensation in film reels!
4th Nov '13 2:47:24 PM nombretomado
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Director Van Peebles was fresh off directing the race-reversal comedy ''Watermelon Man'' when he developed the idea for this film when he stopped his car out in the Mojave Desert one day. Because no studio would finance it, he directed, wrote, produced, scored and acted in the whole thing himself, up to and including doing his own stunt work. He was, however, able to score a $50,000 dollar loan from BillCosby. When the film was finished, it was rated X by the MPAA, inspiring the {{tagline}} seen in the poster to the right; "Rated X by an all-white jury". Because of this rating, it couldn't be advertised in newspapers, so Melvin did the promoting for it himself too. What's more, only two theaters would play it. But despite all this, Melvin's hopes were not in vain. The film became a runaway success, grossing $4,100,000. It became required viewing of the Black Panthers. [[FollowTheLeader Because of its success, filmmakers started seeing the potential for profit in directing films catered to black audiences, and thus was born blaxploitation]]. All-in-all, this film is essential viewing for anyone interested in either film history or black history.

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Director Van Peebles was fresh off directing the race-reversal comedy ''Watermelon Man'' when he developed the idea for this film when he stopped his car out in the Mojave Desert one day. Because no studio would finance it, he directed, wrote, produced, scored and acted in the whole thing himself, up to and including doing his own stunt work. He was, however, able to score a $50,000 dollar loan from BillCosby.Creator/BillCosby. When the film was finished, it was rated X by the MPAA, inspiring the {{tagline}} seen in the poster to the right; "Rated X by an all-white jury". Because of this rating, it couldn't be advertised in newspapers, so Melvin did the promoting for it himself too. What's more, only two theaters would play it. But despite all this, Melvin's hopes were not in vain. The film became a runaway success, grossing $4,100,000. It became required viewing of the Black Panthers. [[FollowTheLeader Because of its success, filmmakers started seeing the potential for profit in directing films catered to black audiences, and thus was born blaxploitation]]. All-in-all, this film is essential viewing for anyone interested in either film history or black history.
19th Sep '13 7:47:26 PM FordPrefect
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Director Van Peebles was fresh off directing the race-reversal comedy ''Watermelon Man'' when he developed the idea for this film when he stopped his car out in the Mojave Desert one day. Because no studio would finance it, he directed, wrote, produced, scored and acted in the whole thing himself, up to and including doing his own stunt work. He was, however, able to score a $50,000 dollar loan from BillCosby. When the film was finished, it was rated X by the MPAA, inspiring the {{tagline}} seen in the poster to the right; "Rated X by an all-white jury". Because of this rating, it couldn't be advertised in newspapers, so Melvin did the promoting for it himself too. What's more, only two theaters would play it. But despite all this, Melvin's hopes were not in vain. The film became a runaway success, grossing $4,100,000. It became required viewing of the Black Panthers. [[FollowTheLeader Because of its success, filmakers started seeing the potential for profit in directing films catered to black audiences, and thus was born blaxploitation]]. All-in-all, this film is essential viewing for anyone interested in either film history or black history.

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Director Van Peebles was fresh off directing the race-reversal comedy ''Watermelon Man'' when he developed the idea for this film when he stopped his car out in the Mojave Desert one day. Because no studio would finance it, he directed, wrote, produced, scored and acted in the whole thing himself, up to and including doing his own stunt work. He was, however, able to score a $50,000 dollar loan from BillCosby. When the film was finished, it was rated X by the MPAA, inspiring the {{tagline}} seen in the poster to the right; "Rated X by an all-white jury". Because of this rating, it couldn't be advertised in newspapers, so Melvin did the promoting for it himself too. What's more, only two theaters would play it. But despite all this, Melvin's hopes were not in vain. The film became a runaway success, grossing $4,100,000. It became required viewing of the Black Panthers. [[FollowTheLeader Because of its success, filmakers filmmakers started seeing the potential for profit in directing films catered to black audiences, and thus was born blaxploitation]]. All-in-all, this film is essential viewing for anyone interested in either film history or black history.
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