Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song
Director: Melvin Van Peebles Run Time: 97 min. Format: DCP Rating: R Release Year: 1971
Starring: Melvin Van Peebles, Simon Chuckster, Hubert Scales, John Dullaghan
Sweet Sweetback (Melvin Van Peebles) is a black orphan who, having grown up in a brothel, now works there as part of a sex show. When the police need a patsy for a murder in the black community, Sweetback’s employer gives him up to two white cops, whom Sweetback ends up killing. Suddenly the target of a massive manhunt, he decides to flee to Mexico. As he makes his way there, he is captured by, and escapes from, both the cops and a chapter of the Hell’s Angels.