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Film / The Black Godfather

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There's a new godfather in town... sucka!

The Black Godfather is a 1974 Blaxploitation film.

In his youth, J.J. was saved from a robbery on a gangster's house Gone Horribly Wrong by the crime boss of the local black community. Now, J.J. has become a top lieutenant in the crime ring. Unfortunately, the aforementioned gangster has come to sell heroin to the community. When J.J. objects, they kidnap his girlfriend, sparking a Mob War.

This film contains examples of:

  • The Aggressive Drug Dealer: The main antagonists are a heroin ring willing to start a Mob War to keep their product flowing.
  • Big Bad: Tony Burton, the drug boss trying to push into J.J.'s territory.
  • Dirty Cop: Tony's informant on J.J.'s operations is a corrupt police lieutenant who works for any criminal who can pay him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: J.J. will pimp girls out and impose protection rackets, but selling heroin is over his line due to the damage it does to the community as a whole.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Tony has bosses, but we never see them.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: J.J. sees his life of crime as this, with his lack of other socioeconomic opportunities being his entire motivation.
  • The Mentor: J.J. was taught everything he knows about crime by Nate Williams, the crime boss of the area.
  • The Mockbuster: Of The Godfather.
  • Roaring Rampage of Rescue: J.J. and his mob declare violent war on the heroin gang they've been struggling with all movie when they kidnap his girlfriend.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Tony takes advantage of the connections a judge's son has to have him deliver heroin shipments for him.
  • Villain Protagonist: Our main character, J.J., is a crime lord who controls everything but drugs in the local black community, explicitly including prostitution and protection rackets. The main reason the audience roots for him is that the antagonists are heroin dealers and much more violent than he.