Five on the Black Hand Side (1973)

Five on the Black Hand Side (1973)





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Five on the Black Hand Side was released at a time when most black-oriented films were bloody action fests. In contrast, this low-budget effort, coproduced by actors Brock Peters and Michael Tolan, eschews exploitation for humanity and domestic drama. Leonard Jackson plays a barber who is also the domineering head of a middle-class African American family. Jackson is forced to rethink his values when his previously docile wife (Clarice Taylor) joins their three children in rebelling against her husband's retrogressive behavior.
Classics , Comedy
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United Artists

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Clarice Taylor
as Mrs. Brooks
Leonard Jackson
as Mr. Brooks
D'Urville Martin
as Booker T
Sonny Jim Gaines
as Sweetmeat
Ja'Net DuBois
as Stormy Monday
Frankie Crocker
as Rolls Royce
Tchaka Almoravids
as Fun Loving
Cal Wilson
as Hasaan
Philomena Nowlin
as Katheryn
Doug Johnson
as Driver
Ronald Warden
as Militant
Jean Taylor Smith
as Evangelist
Rudy Joe Ringo
as Steak Seller
Fred Daniel Scott
as Porter Fat
Imamu Sukuma
as Minister
Kwasi Badu
as Chief Royal Ashanti Drummer
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Crossing another unseen Blaxploitation film off the list, this one was a very pleasant surprise as it covers very different material from other films of the same era. We see a previously meek wife finally start to stand up for herself and her children with their (presumably well meaning) domineering father, and it's a helluva lot of fun. It was well worth tracking this one down, give it a look.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

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