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Film / Original Gangstas

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After a boy was murdered by gang for winning a street basketball game, the original members of the Rebels come back to clean up the neighborhood. Starring Fred Williamson, Jim Brown, Pam Grier, and Christopher B. Duncan.


  • Asshole Victim: Spyro, Damien & Kayo. The Rebels as they disbanded due to the residents fighting back.
  • Auto Erotica: While John and Jake are stealing Damien's car, they see that the car next to it is occupied by a couple having sex. The car's owner storms over and pulls them both out, delivering a gut punch to the guy for having sex in the back of the car which apparently belongs to his grandmother!
  • Badass Normal: John Bookman & Jake Trevor the original founders of the Rebels. Despite being Middle age they are good in hand to hand combat as they beat up the younger grown rebels with ease.
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  • Big Bad: Spryo the leader of the Rebels with Damien as the dragon & Kayo as a lieutenant.
  • Big "NO!": Bobby to Spyro as he headshot him for failure to kill Marvin Bookman and also to broker peace to John Bookman.
  • Blaxploitation: Jim Brown, Fred Williamson & Pam Grier were black action film stars in the 70s. But in the 90s gangster rapculture replaced Blaxplotation themes and were more violent as crime was higher during the 80s & 90s. Also the film title represent them as being founders of the Rebels but black gangster culture before hood films in the 90s
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Blood the leader of the Diablos. He shoots & kills Damien the last remaining rebel in a fight with John Bookman.
  • Cool Car: If a gang members car isn't a rust bucket, it likely falls under this trope. Damien's 1951 Buick Special De Luxe coupe certainly applies!
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  • Crapsack World: It's set in Gary, Indiana where poverty is very high, the Rebels run reckless extort & loot business and willing to kill if they feel disrespected or catching witnesses talking to police.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Sure Kenny conning the Rebs out of 300 bucks wasn’t the brightest idea in the world but did he deserved to be ruthlessly gunned down in broad daylight?
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Diablo and Ranger gangs both disapprove of the killing of Kenny Thompson and the Rebels wanton violence and terrorizing of residents are scaring away drug suppliers and regular citizens in their neighborhoods. Blood warns Spryo that he'll go to war if Spryo attempt to terrorize his area.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Kayo played by Dru Down. When on screen he's cussing someone out when not killing. He's the one who killed Kenny in a drive-by on Spryo orders for being hustled in a basketball game.
  • Mama Bear:Laurie Thompson fights and kills Kayo after he bragged about killing Kenny her son
  • Neck Snap: What Damien does to Dink for assisting John Bookman. And Jake Trevor kills Spyro in this way.