This is a 1978 film made by American International Pictures, who made quite a few blaxploitation films, including Scream Blacula Scream.
The story centres around “Youngblood”, a teenager who gets into trouble at school when he is caught with a handgun. He then gets involved in a street gang that has a beef with a local drug dealer after one of the gang dies of an overdose, so they decide to bring him down. What they don’t know, and Youngblood doesn’t know, is that Youngblood’s seemingly upstanding older brother is one of the leaders of the drug ring.
There is a little more to it, but really the story is nothing new or particularly engaging. The cinematography and directing are nothing flash, but it is obviously a film made on small budget. The acting though is fine, and there are a few familiar faces in the cast. The soundtrack is by War, and this is made clear to us right from the first opening credits, and is the first thing you see in the end credits. Click here to listen to the title song.
The film ends with the following freeze frame, where we have time to ponder what was to become of Youngblood. Freeze frames are a cheap way to end a budget film really. Instead of neatly tying up all of the loose ends and sub-plots, a freeze frame which lasts 30 seconds or so (as this one did) gives us time to forget all that and make up our own ending.
Not a great film, but overall it was watchable, and it is always fascinating to see 70’s America (in this case it was Watts in Los Angeles). I always marvel at the size of many of the cars back then, they were huge abominations, and the fashions of the day were superb.
Film count 2018: 61