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 … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Cult Movies
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Written By: Aubrey K. Rattan
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On DVD: May 15, 2001
Orion Home Video

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as John Bookman

as Jake Trevor

as Laurie Thompson

as Rev. Marshall Dorsey

as Bubba

as Kayo

as Gracie Bookman

as Marvin Bookman

as Detective Slatten

as Michael Casey

as The Mayor

as Detective Watts

as Marcus

as Thelma/Mrs. Jones

as Princess

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

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (8)

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.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Where Original Gangstas works is in its understanding that the stars are playing the characters they created 25 years ago as their older selves.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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The purpose is to entertain, and on that score the film delivers impressively.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Think Boyz N the Hood meets The Mod Squad.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
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Full Review… | May 10, 1996
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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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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