Five on the Black Hand Side

Perusing through YouTube using “blaxploitation” as a search, I found this rather entertaining film.

While this is listed on IMDB as a blaxploitation film, I wouldn’t call it that. It is a comedy drama with some great acting, fancy threads (this was made in 1973), some great moustaches and beards, and snappy dialogue that I could easily see influencing a young Quentin Tarantino (he would have been 10 years old at the time).

Fave quote (it is in the trailer below):
Booker T: Are you gonna put down that spear?
Gideon: Can a buffalo skate?

There was also this great monologue by a character named “Fun Lovin'” about how great he is with the ladies. “I use a cobra snake as a necktie!”

Most of these actors and actresses had long careers in television and film including The Color Purple, The Cosby Show, The Wire, Rosemary’s Baby, Good Times, and many more.

Well worth a watch. Watch it all at the link above.

Date watched: April 24th
Score: 8/10
Film count 2016: 70

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