Penitentiary 2 (1982)

Penitentiary 2 (1982)





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A former prison inmate finds he can't leave his violent past behind in this sequel to the cult favorite Penitentiary. After earning his parole by winning the prison boxing tournament, Martel "Too Sweet" Gordone is tired of fighting and wants to move on to a more peaceful life, but as a condition of his release, he has to work for Handler Cunningham, a boxing promoter who also runs a gym in Los Angeles. Too Short isn't interested in boxing, and would rather stay with his sister, Ellen (Peggy Blow), and her husband, Charles (Glynn Turman), both successful lawyers who support him in his desire to start his life over. But things take an unexpected turn when Half Dead (Ernie Hudson), Too Sweet's nemesis from prison, escapes with the help of his cronies Do Dirty (Cepheus Jaxon) and Simp (Marvin Jones), and they murder Clarisse (Eugenia Wright), Too Sweet's girlfriend. In order to get justice, Too Sweet returns to the ring, and with the help of a new trainer (Mr. T) and the management expertise of his brother-in-law, Too Sweet is on the road to the championship -- but can he get the big fight before Half Dead finds him? Penitentiary II features cameo appearances from boxing legend Archie Moore, Dolemite star Rudy Ray Moore, and Tony Cox. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Cult Movies , Drama
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Leon Isaac Kennedy
as Too Sweet Gordone
Glynn E. Turman
as Charles Johnson
Ernie Hudson
as Half Dead
Peggy Blow
as Ellen Johnson
Mr. T
as Himself
Cepheus Jaxon
as Do Dirty
Donovan Womack
as Jesse `The Bull'
Eugenia Wright
as Clarisse
Ren Woods
as Nikki
Marci Thomas
as Evelyn
Dennis Lipscomb
as Announcer
Gerald Berns
as Announcer
Sephton Moody
as Charles Jr.
Malik Carter
as Seldom
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July 28, 2005

Audience Reviews for Penitentiary 2

"Too Sweet! The man who killed Monday and sent Tuesday and Wednesday to the hospital!" While the most esteemed thespians in the cast of "Penitentiary 2" are Rudy Ray Moore (as "Man on balcony") and Tony Cox (as horny dwarf prison inmate "T.C."), it packs a mean left hook of blaxploitation followed by a devastating uppercut of 80s kitsch. There are so many remarkable scenes in Jamaa Fanaka's sequel that a comprehensive review would threaten to turn into a checklist. We have a text crawl at the beginning echoing "Star Wars", hip hop roller boogie, Mr. T, Ernie Hudson, as nemesis "Half Dead", with a permanent constipated scowl, leg warmers, sweat bands, unitards -- and this is all in the first 10 minutes or so. The story is about as simplistic as "Rocky 3", and Mr. T confirms his lack of acting range but makes up for it with his usual growling one liners and genuine boxing moves. Also, he is inexplicably holding an Arabian lamp that gushes out purple smoke throughout the last half of this movie. Tony Cox must have been an extra, but Fanaka liked him so much he gets his own subplot about earning enough money in a craps game to hire a singing prostitute. And the hookers' "National Anthem" rendition is surprisingly great. Sure, Leon Isaac Kennedy as Too Sweet can't act worth a damn, but compared to Mr. T he's Laurence Freaking Olivier. Somehow Hudson ended up in the cast of "Ghostbusters" two years after this weirdness. Get a load of Half Dead's rainbow afro wig and wraparound shades during a "tense" locker room confrontation that's plenty homoerotic. That's to be expected in any movie made in the 1980s that revolves around intimate male conflict. Fanaka's "Emma Mae" and "Welcome Home, Brother Charles" are more traditional 70s blaxploitation pics with the same fearlessly weird personality transforming archetypical material. Don't blow off his commentary, sucka!

Kevin McCormick
Kevin McCormick

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