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TNT Jackson (1975)

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Playboy Playmate Jeanne Bell stars as T.N.T.. Jackson ("...she'll put you in traction!") in this popular blaxploitation film from Filipino director Cirio H. Santiago. Jackson leaves Harlem for Hong Kong to find her missing brother, who has run afoul of the Mob. Predictably, she must pose as a prostitute in order to find him, as well as engaging in topless karate. Santiago and his New World Pictures boss, Roger Corman, were so pleased with the film's success that they essentially remade it twice

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Apr 24, 2001

New Line Home Entertainment

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Bell obviously was hired for her pneumatic assets rather than her fighting prowess: Her large two-toned afro fails to disguise the use of a stunt double during many of the hammy and unconvincing yet irresistible kung-fu battles.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for TNT Jackson

This is typical and by the numbers in every way. It technically is a blaxploitation movie, but could also be considered just a straight up kung fu film. Given the generic plot (revenge, drugs, prostitution(, you may not even need to give it either of those signifiers, and just call it a general exploitation film that happens to feature lots of afros and martial arts.

This is a really unremarkable film, but I give it and extra half star since it is still somehow watchable and mildly amusing. And there's boobs. That helps. Aside form that, the plot is average and predictable, the editing sucks, the print looks awful (needs some remastering), and the writing, directing and acting leave a lot to be desired. There's some nice location shoting though. That helps.

Most fiolms like this are bad, but this one is bad even by those standards. Parts of it are entertaining, but somehow a lot of it is also boring. See it if you have to, but it doesn't really warrant repeat watches.
August 13, 2011
cosmo313
Chris Weber

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A streetwise, kung fu-trained black woman travels into the Hong Kong underground searching for her missing brother and immediately hooks up with the heroin-smuggling organization that murdered him in this martial arts/blaxploitation hybrid. Fast paced, poorly plotted fun; former Playboy Playmate Jeanne Bell is too sweet looking and can't kick butt, so to distract the audience from her lack of prowess she does a long combat scene topless!
August 5, 2010
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Greg S

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Not blaxpoitation at it's best, it's very funny - for all the wrong reasons - but it's not very entertaining. Interesting fact #1: It was co-written by Dick Miller. Who knew?
April 19, 2010
SirPant

Super Reviewer

A blaxploitation, kung-fu film, "TNT Jackson" stands up to films like "Jackie Brown", delivering some memorable moments for a film that is only 70 minutes long. "Essentially remade" twice after, the topless karate scene involving Playboy Playmate Jeanne Bell fighting over a light switch is probably the most interesting thing to come out of the film.
August 5, 2012
xas5

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