Original Gangstas (1996)
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as John Bookman
as Jake Trevor
as Laurie Thompson
as Rev. Marshall Dorsey
as Gracie Bookman
as Marvin Bookman
as Detective Slatten
as Michael Casey
as The Mayor
as Detective Watts
as Thelma/Mrs. Jones
as Kenny Thompson
as Lisa Bookman
as TV Announcer
as TV News Reporter
as Lady in Gym
as 2nd Lady in Gym
as Boy Left in Street
as Rebel Guard at Party
as Party Cigar Smoker
as Dancer at Party
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Critic Reviews for Original Gangstas
Original Gangstas leaves you feeling that more could have been made of this 'blaxploitation' reunion, but it's not bad -- and no more and no less substantial than the films of the original cycle.
Where Original Gangstas works is in its understanding that the stars are playing the characters they created 25 years ago as their older selves.
The purpose is to entertain, and on that score the film delivers impressively.
Audience Reviews for Original Gangstas
How can something with this much promise be so dull? I was hoping for something with the same life and sly humor that you got in so many Blaxploitation flicks, most of which dealt with the same sort of rather depressing subject matter, but this just felt heavy-handed at times and kinda average at others.
Maybe worth a rental, but I wouldn't go selling that copy of Foxy Brown quite yet, you'll definitely want to give it another look to get this taste out of your mouth.
I liked it. It's basically Fred Williamson & Jim Brown beating the shit out younger & more athletic guys but it's pretty cool just seeing them kick ass. Overall, pretty unrealistic but who said a movie has to be realistic anyway? Williamson has his signature cigar, which is always a plus.
Overall, pretty entertaining. Not too violent. A nice little blaxploitation all-star flick directed by Larry Cohen.
Could've used more Richard Roundtree though.
Flat action film but the cast is great and I'm sure you've seen *everyone* in something before. Cohen is not always the best director but he can assemble casts better than anyone bar Robert Altman.
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