Up Tight! (1968)





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Uptight is an updated remake of John Ford's The Informer (35). The Irish Republican rebels of the original are replaced by black activists, Dublin becomes the Cleveland ghetto, and "the troubles" of 1921 are transformed into the days just following the assassination of Martin Luther King. Julian Mayfield plays an itinerant street sweeper who betrays his militant friends to the fuzz, resulting in an underground all-points bulletin to exact vengeance on the squealer. Ruby Dee portrays a prostitute who befriends the snitch as he eludes his revolutionary ex-buddies. Jules Dassin's unrelenting directorial pace is complemented by the driving jazz score of Booker T. Jones. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Ruby Dee
as Laurie
Max Julien
as Johnny
Robert DoQui
as Street Speaker
Leon Bibb
as Mr. Oakley
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Critic Reviews for Up Tight!

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There's no backsliding, toward a conciliatory moderate conclusion. The passions and beliefs of black militants are presented head-on, with little in the way of comfort for white liberals.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
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It doesn't transfer well when changed from Irish revolutionists to black revolutionists.

Full Review… | January 10, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Intelligently directed tale of urban revolt starring some of the finest black actors of the 60s.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008

Audience Reviews for Up Tight!


Uptight shoots first and asks questions later. It's not a perfect film but it does an interesting job of reflecting the tensions felt around the country at the time it was made. Uptight serves as a fascinating historical document for an era where race relations were precipitously poised to devolve into outright anarchy.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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