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The Black Godfather (1974)





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The heroes in The Black Godfather are members of an African-American criminal organization. Like Brando in The Godfather, they're not averse to robbery and murder, but they do draw the line at narcotics. When the Mafia infiltrates the 'hood with dangerous drugs, the Black Godfather (Rod Perry) orders his minions to put an end to this perfidy.more
Rating: R (adult situations)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: John Evans
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 6, 2004


John Alderman
as Cockroach
Ernie Banks
as Cabbage
Ken Bell
as Eddie
Tony Burton
as Sonny Spyder Brown
Kathryn Jackson
as Mrs. Brown
Damu King
as Diablo
Charles Lampkin
as Danny's Father
Duncan McLeod
as Lt. Joe Sterling
Tom Scott
as Newscaster
Anny Gree
as Honey
Dion Jackson
as Man in Phone Booth
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Critic Reviews for The Black Godfather

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

August 6, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Black Godfather


I dig mob well as Blaxploitation films..and on the occasions that the two would mix, I have been pleased. But that is not quite the case here.

This is a run-of-the-mill effort in both genres.

What we get here is the typical story of a street punk who goes from rags to riches and works his way up the ladder to criminal stardom. There's turf wars, drug trades, and a push to force the Man out of the ghetto.

Even such a basic and well worn premise can still make for a good movie if done right. But here, the results are just basic, cookie cutter formula rehashings. It's not even that engaging or memorable of a movie. It does try a little bit, but not nearly enough. At least the music is decent though. That's probably the best part, really. If not for that, this would be even more forgettable.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


An idealistic black gangster organizes the ghetto to push out the white dope dealers. Surprisingly talky and fairly forgettable; the plot just barely keeps you interested in watching to the end.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

Watch this on Netflix with subtitles on. The plot has potential but is poorly executed. Most of the screen time is talkin' and walkin'.

But the best part is definitely the description of the music in the subtitles. Not that it saves the movie or anything, but it does add an extra star or so of amusement.

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