Original Gangstas

Original Gangstas

Director: Larry Cohen Cast: Fred Williamson, Jim Brown, Pam Grier


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Larry Cohen, who directed a number of interesting and subversive exploitation films in the 1970s and 1980s, including Black Caesar and Hell Up in Harlem, reunited some of the biggest stars of the blaxploitation era for this tough-minded action opus. John Bookman (Fred Williamson) is a successful football coach who was born in Gary, Indiana but now lives in Los Angeles. When Bookman's father is shot, he returns home for the first time in years to discover that Gary has been all but taken over by a number of brutally violent youth gangs. Bookman learns that his father was shot in retaliation for going to the police after a young man was killed by gang bangers outside his grocery store; even worse, the kid who pulled the trigger was a member of the Rebels, the gang that he helped form as a teenager. Outraged, Bookman joins forces with the boy's parents, who also happen to be old friends: Jake Trevor (Jim Brown) and Laurie Thompson (Pam Grier). John, Laurie, and Jake organize the neighborhood against the gangs, with John's old gang brothers Bubba (Ron O'Neal) and Slick (Richard Roundtree) tagging along to show the young gangstas what the old school can do. If Williamson, Brown, Grier, O'Neal, and Roundtree all look a bit older than they did in their glory days, they all still boast charisma to spare, and anyone who liked their older films will have a good time with this one.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/03/2017
UPC: 0738329224806
Original Release: 1996
Rating: R
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:39:00
Sales rank: 32,424

Special Features

Audio commentary by director Larry Cohen, moderated by filmmaker Elijah Drenner; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred Williamson John Bookman
Jim Brown Jake Trevor
Pam Grier Laurie Thompson
Paul Winfield Reverend Dorsey
Richard Roundtree Businessman
Ron O'Neal Businessman
Eddie Bo Smith Damien
Robert Forster Detective Slatten
Wings Hauser Michael Casey
Charles Napier The Mayor
Isabel Sanford Gracie Bookman

Technical Credits
Larry Cohen Director
Craig Campobasso Casting
Elayne Barbara Ceder Production Designer
Peter B. Ellis Editor
Forrest Futrell Asst. Director
Carlos Gonzalez Camera Operator
Aaron Holden Set Decoration/Design
Vladimir Horunzhy Score Composer,Songwriter
David Kern Editor
Lisa Moffie Costumes/Costume Designer
Aubrey K. Rattan Screenwriter
J.Byron Smith Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Williamson Producer

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3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The theme of the move was pretty good, but the acting was average, and that was the most disappointing part. Most of the actors on this film, were season vets. Overall I though that film was decent, but I wasn't overly excited about it.