Posted on 3/18/13 01:55 PM
Not necessarily a "good" film, but indeed a very important one. Made independently (no studio would fund it) on a shoestring budget of only $150,000, Sweet Sweetback grossed an astonishing $15.2 million at the box office (11th highest grossing film of 1971) and paved the way of the likes of Spike Lee, John Singleton and other influential African American filmmakers. It's very rough around the edges and overall, the film is a total mess, script- and performance-wise. However, the film's aesthetic quality has a psychedelic aura that keeps the viewer captivated with its innovative cinematography, editing, and score. In entertainment value, it does not fail.