The Painter and the Thief
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It's not without its merits.
Overrated. Reminds me a little of the way better COTTON COMES TO HARLEM
A little long, but still a nicely done gritty crime drama. Yay Grindhouse!
Assholes are only assholes.
A black cop and a white cop are unlikely partners. The black cop has some swag, hangs in the right circles, and gets the ladies. The white cop is rigid, not a womanizer, and could potentially work against the black cop. When they are tasked to bring down some jewelry thieves, it appears cops may be involved. Can the partners trust each other?
"Would you believe Roby has a college degree?"
"In what, screwing?"
Arthur Marks, director of Perry Mason, Friday Foster, JD's Revenge, Monkey Hustle, Bucktown, The Roommates, and Class of '74, delivers Detroit 9000. The storyline for this picture is kind of cool, more because of the sub plots delivered throughout the story. The story of the girls behind the scenes was very interesting and the ultimate resolve of the police officers was well thought out. The cast delivers okay performances and includes Scatman Crothers, Vonetta McGee, Alex Rocco, Hari Rhodes, Ella Edwards, and Herbert Jefferson Jr.
"I was wondering why they cut off his legs."
"So he fit in the trunk."
I love watching these old Blaxploitation pictures. This movie was honestly just okay and the concluding monologue was tacky. I definitely recommend seeing this if you enjoy grindhouse or blaxpoitation films, but this definitely isn't a classic picture.
"Some guys just got to make time to get theirs rocks off. I'm like that."
Detroit 9000 (AKA Detroit Heat) has the trappings of a blaxsploitation movie, but doesn't really pan out to be one. For starters, the black man isn't the main focus of the film. It's actually a white cop, played by Alex Rocco. You can also spot Scatman Crothers in a small role in the movie. It's actually a movie about crooked cops, politicians and prostitution more than just straight up action. I liked the movie, but it does meander a bit. There are a lot of clever shots in there, such as the viewpoint of a gunman on horseback. It seems to be made with some style, even if the story isn't altogether perfect. It's got some class and some entertainment value, and the fact that Quentin Tarantino is championing it on his Rolling Thunder label.
Another good flick that saw re-release through Tarantino's Rolling Thunder company. In it, one can identify some inspiration for Quentin's penchant for toying with a timeline.
On the negative side: The score features some great music that doesn't always accentuate the visual. For instance, things sound swingin' and upbeat when a cop is shot down. And I feel relatively certain this was not done for ironic purposes. Also, there are just entirely too many small-Afro/long-sideburn headsets for one movie.
On the positive, the story is a carefully-plotted affair. Items that seem pointless or indulgent in the early going ultimately pay off. The characters are as well-developed as the structure. And the ambiguous ending was, for me, a nice surprise.
One other note:
The white people in this movie have seemingly embraced the use of the word "honky." Gotta love that.
Thieves, cops, and a senator candidate vie for a wad of stolen political donations. Interesting to see Detroit before its long decline. The pavement appears to be in far better shape than it was on my last trip to the city earlier this year.
Set in the tense backdrop of the cultural nationalism of the 1970's, two Detroit policemen, one Caucasian, the other African American, team up to find out who pulled an armed robbery at a fundraiser for an up and coming African American Congressman aspiring to be a governor.
A well-paced urban crime drama with the expected climactic chase/shootout.
Quentin tarrantino is just great i'm a big fan of his! This was Good but i expected a lil more! I loved From Dusk To Dawn Among others!
Quentin Tarrantino is obviously a big fan of this movie as indicated by his re-releasing of said title on his Raging Thunder label and if there's one thing I really like about Tarrantino, it's his taste in films which I share wholeheartedly.
Having said this, whilst not implied as an insult to the film itself, this particular blaxploitation offering can hardly be described as one of the best of its ilk; indeed it seems to plod around somewhat aimlessly for most of its running time. However, don't switch off just yet for the final third does pick up incredibly well as it ties up the threads and culminates in a tremendously fun, prolonged chase sequence backed in typical seventies style by a suitable groovy track.
Final verdict: Certainly worth a look but far from the most memorable Blaxplotation flick out there.