Sweet Jesus, Preacherman (1973)





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In this blaxploitation film, Roger E. Mosley plays a streetwise mobster who goes undercover as a ghetto clergyman. This he does at the request of his boss, who wants to get the goods on a rival. "Preacher Man" has a change of heart, but not before whuppin' some butt.
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Roger E. Mosley
as Holmes/Lee
William Smith
as Martelli
Tom Johnigarn
as Eddie Stoner
Michael Pataki
as State Senator Sills
Damu King
as Sweetstick
Marla Gibbs
as Beverly Solomon
Sam Laws
as Deacon Greene
Phil Hoover
as George Orr
Chuck Lyles
as Detroit Charlie
Norman Fields
as Police Captain
Amentha Dymally
as Mrs. Greene
Patricia Edwards
as Marion Hicks
Vincent LaBauve
as Bobby Thompson
Chuck Wells
as Eli Stoner
Betty Coleman
as Maxine Gibbs
Lillian Tarry
as Mother Gibbs
Chuck Douglas Jr.
as Lenny Solomon
Jackson Lou
as Randy Gibbs
T.C. Ellis
as Earl Saunders
Lee Frost
as First Policeman
JoAnn Bruno
as Widow Foster
K.D. Friend
as Funeral Minister
Billy Quinn
as Sweetstick's Bodyguard
Bob Angelle
as Militant
John Washington
as Militant
Bruce Hall
as Militant
Don Senette
as Militant
Dan Black
as Militant
Curtiss Price
as Militant
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I gave this a late night look and was supremely satisfied with the action that it hit the ground running with in the first few minutes...then it gets pretty boring and slow for a good long while, which left me a bit put off with the whole film. It's watchable, but it never truly lived up to the promise of that awesome poster and the first few actio packed minutes. Rental.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

After spraying a man with accelerant in a hotel room, lighting the poor sap on fire and mercilessly watching him plummet 5 stories to his doom, assassin Cyrus Holmes finds out that his victim was actually a minister. Sweet Jesus, Hitman! The honkey who gives him missions, aka "The Man", tells Holmes he must don the cloth, pick up the Good Book, and apply for the now-vacant position to work up influence in the neighborhood. Guess who learns he has malignant Preacher DNA and a rabble-rousing silver tongue? Going from Hitman to Preacherman is easy enough, but when Holmes takes a personal interest in certain troubled kids in his 'hood, the interference of smack-pushing gangsters may prove somewhat life threatening. "Sweet Jesus, Preacherman", when'll you stop with the 'caring' shtick and get back to those ice-cold assassinations? Alas, the hand of Jesus can touch even the hardest streetwise brothers (but not prevent him from getting laid, and may in fact aid in his conquests) in the most unlikely ways. Less unlikely is the inclusion of more villainous whiteys, this time a whack-ass corrupt politician interested in keeping the smack flowing (and keeping the brothers down by extension), never hesitating to hire morons to intimidate the preacher. It's pretty damn boring and routine stuff, with less camp than is required to make most blaxploitation enjoyable and a filmatism even cruder than would be expected. "SJ,P" culminates with a series of fights and a church shootout, all filmed with barely any light at all. The film also fails by not having catchy music or stylish credits. A failure representative of the lowest tier of the genre.

Kevin McCormick
Kevin McCormick

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