Panther (1995)




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This fictionalized history chronicles the far-reaching changes effected by the radical group the Black Panthers during the late 1960s. Much of this somewhat episodic film centers on the Panther's battles with the FBI, which tried to infiltrate and weaken the infrastructure of the group.
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Chris Rock
as Drinker No. 1
Angela Bassett
as Betty Shabazz
Wesley Jonathan
as Little Bobby
Mario Van Peebles
as Stokely Carmichael
M. Emmet Walsh
as Dorsett
Chris Tucker
as Bodyguard
Joe Don Baker
as Brimmer
James Russo
as Rodgers
Melvin Van Peebles
as Cynical Jail Bird
Robert Culp
as Charles Garry
Preston Holmes
as Prison Guard
Preston L. Holmes
as Prison Guard
David Greenlee
as Patrolman
Marcus Chong
as Huey Newton
Courtney B. Vance
as Bobby Seale
Marvin Young
as Recruit
Robert Peters
as Cop at Ramparts
Mark Curry
as Lombard
James LeGros
as Avakian
Charles Cooper
as Sheriff
Mark Buntzman
as Pushy Reporter
Anthony Griffith
as Eldridge Cleaver
Christopher Michaels
as Reporter at Police Station
Reginald Ballard
as Brother at Meeting
Joseph Culp
as Baby-Faced Cop
Vincent Lars
as Himself
Lahmard J. Tate
as Gene McKinney
John Harwood
as Cop at Line Up
Dick Gregory
as Reverend Slocum
Jamie Zozzaro
as Girl Buying Drugs
Jeris Poindexter
as Black Cop
Tim Riley
as Band at Barbecue
Ann Weldon
as Mrs. Dowell
Brian Turk
as Deputy
Shanice Wilson
as Singer at Punk Panthers
Yolanda Whittaker
as Pregnant Junkie
John Knight
as Cop at Panther Office
Jerry Rubin
as Defense Attorney
James Bigwood
as Grove Street Cop
as Alma
Manny Perry
as Shorty
Ralph Ahn
as Mr. Yang
Jay Koch
as Governor Reagan
Steven M. Gagnon
as Prosecutor
William Fuller
as Sergeant Schreck
Thyais Walsh
as Bernadette
David L. King
as Berkeley Campus Singer
as Pregnant Junkie
Tracey Costello
as Kathleen Cleaver
Robbie Allen
as Berkeley Campus Singer
Bill Ortiz
as Himself
Adam Powers
as White Hippie
Gunnar Peterson
as Cop at Gas Station
Emory Douglas
as Bret Schaefer
Elijah Baker
as Himself
Arthur Reed
as Blind Man
Eddie Anisko
as Berkeley Campus Singer
as Recruit
Kahlil Nelson
as Boy on Bike
Thayis Walsh
as Bernadette
Rob Rule
as Berkley Campus Singer
Martin Bright
as Grove Street Cop
Jeffrey Carr
as Denzil Dowell
John T. Smith
as Himself
Tim Loughrin
as Reporter at Capitol
Tony Beard
as Guard at Capitol
Beau Windham
as Hoover's Aide
Erik Kohner
as Nervous Cop
James A. Earley
as Angry Cop
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Critic Reviews for Panther

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

In his fictionalized story, Van Peebles simplifies the history of the Black Panthers, doing harm to a subject that he presumably intends to honor. Panther suffers from the same narrative and stylistic problems that has plagued his earlier films.

Full Review… | October 6, 2006

Doesn't really shed much light on the movement.

July 13, 2003

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

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November 13, 2002

Audience Reviews for Panther


In his fictionalized story, Van Peebles simplifies the history of the Black Panthers, doing harm to a subject that he presumably intends to honor.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

GREAT movie! This film truly is a piece of history. If you have any interest whatsoever in Black history, you have to watch this movie. Just a warning though, the language is extremely intense in the movie. The F-bomb and "N word" get thrown around every other sentence. Obscenities aside, this film is quite educational.

Jacob Sanders
Jacob Sanders

I saw this movie in late 80"s I believe. It was very, very instrumental to my situation. At the time my older brother had been preaching (he wasn't a preacher, though) about the main reasons drugs were being introduced to the Black community, however, despite this knowing and belief, my brother was also a user. After seeing this movie I began to understand what my brother had been preaching to me was indeed his and many Black Americans' nightmare. He was living this movie. Thank God, he never got as bad as Bobby Brown in the movie. "Panther" not only warns the Black Community, It is an eye opener for blacks, whites, browns and whoever will listen. This master- conjured- up- plan truly did back-fire. Excellent, directing, casting, etc. A must see.

Michael Pittman
Michael Pittman

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