Black Gunn (1972)

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In this low-budget blaxploitation actioner, a vengeful club owner single-handedly takes on the honky mobsters who killed his militant, radical brother.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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In Theaters:
 wide
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Runtime:
Studio:
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Cast

Jim Brown
as Gunn
Martin Landau
as Capelli
Brenda Sykes
as Judith
Vida Blue
as Sam Green
Stephen McNally
as Laurento
Gary Conway
as Adams
Bruce Glover
as Ray Kriley
Toni Holt
as Betty
Mark Tapscott
as Cassidy
James Louis Watkins
as Lt. Jopper
Tony Young
as Dell
Sandra Giles
as Prostitute
Kate Woodville
as Louella
Gyl Roland
as Celeste
Frank Bello
as Robbo
Arell Blanton
as TV Director
Manuel DePina
as Bowling Alley Manager
Deacon Jones
as Himself
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May 21, 2005
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Black Gunn

½

I'm kind of torn on the rating for this one, so let's call it 4 stars for fans of the genre and 3.5 for everyone else. In letter grade terms, let's give it a straight up B. While the broad plot of this movie (someone seeking revenge for the death or a loved one or family member) is not new at all (in general and for blaxploitation), what I feel sets this one apart is how, while there are some action setpieces, the film is more than just wall to wall violent action. It also touches upon some deeper themes and subtext deeper than the surface level. Lots of these films do that, but even though it isn't bursting at the seams with discourse, it doesn't just give it a parting glance. This movie has a great cast including the genre's king Jim Brown, Bernie Casey, and the great Martin Landau as the malicious antagonist. I think they all do pretty decent jobs given the material. I said the plot wasn't too original, because it's not, but the treatment elevates it above average or mediocre. Helping things along are a scorching soundtrack that's totally groovy and bad ass and some halfway decent camera work. This movie isn't completely anything special, but the effort they put into it really shows, and it is pretty entertaining, so I say give it a watch.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

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