Original Gangstas (1996)
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Fans of the old blaxploitation actioners from the '70s will especially enjoy this low-budget drama that pays subtle tribute the genre by proudly trotting out some of its most famous war horses, including Fred Williamson, Jim Brown, Pam Grier, Paul Winfield and Richard Roundtree and giving them a final, heroic go-round playing the parents determined to use any means to save Gary, Indiana-the murder capitol of the US-from further destruction at the hands of the powerful Rebel gang. John Bookman (Williamson), a former Garyite who grew up to become a famous LA-based football coach, returns to his hometown after gang members brutally murdered his father, a shopkeeper. Bookman happens to be one of the founders of the Rebels and now he and the other charter members want to vanquish the out of control gang, even if it means using vigilante justice. His old cohort, the Reverend Dorsey (Winfield) also tries to bring the community together, but to no avail. … More
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as Kenny Thompson
as Lisa Bookman
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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.
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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