Urban Revenge [3 Discs] [DVD]

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Death of a Prophet
Morgan Freeman makes an early screen appearance in this made-for-television docudrama inspired by the life and death of African-American activist Malcolm X. Book-ended by interviews with people who knew and worked with Malcolm X, the bulk of Death of a Prophet follows 24 hours in the life of a powerful but controversial civil rights spokesman referred to only as "the Prophet Minister." The minister has become a marked man since breaking ties with the religious group from which he rose, and after his family is threatened and his house is fire bombed, he knows his enemies will soon claim his life. Despite all this, the minister goes through the motions of his life on a Sunday, preparing for a speaking engagement, talking with friends and associates, and spending precious moments with his wife (Yolanda King). Legendary jazz percussionist Max Roach composed the film's musical score. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Mr. Mean
With Fred Williamson as director and star of Mr. Mean, is there any question as to the identity of the title character? Williamson plays a former Cosa Nostra henchman who seeks greener pastures. Hiring himself out as a hit man, he immediately lands a job. His mission: wipe out his old boss. Filmed in Italy, Mr. Mean certainly fulfills audience expectations. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Black Godfather
The heroes in The Black Godfather are members of an African-American criminal organization. Like Brando in The Godfather, they're not averse to robbery and murder, but they do draw the line at narcotics. When the Mafia infiltrates the 'hood with dangerous drugs, the Black Godfather (Rod Perry) orders his minions to put an end to this perfidy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Brotherhood of Death
Three Vietnam vets becomes vigilantes against the KKK-inspired racism abounding in their Southern hometown in this violent drama. The African-American trio soon help their neighbors rise up and violently face down their Caucasian oppressors. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Black Jesus
A Congo rebel leader is captured and imprisoned with two white felons in this feature deep with religious symbolism and condemnation of colonial exploitation. Maurice Lalubi (Woody Strode) is thrown in jail with a soldier and an Italian thief. The trio endures torture at the hands of their captors, while a newly formed military regime decides the fate of the insurgent. His imminent demise could turn him into a martyr and spell trouble for the new government dictator in this sometimes violent film. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

Jive Turkey
Italian mobsters go to war with black hoodlums, turning the streets of Harlem into an all-out war zone as both sides call on their best assassins to level the playing field. Feared crime boss Big Tony (Frank DeKova) isn't about to give up his turf without a fight, even if it means calling on his most unpredictable assassin - a psychotic transvestite who makes lethal use of her high-heeled shoes. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

TNT Jackson
Playboy Playmate Jeanne Bell stars as T.N.T.. Jackson ("...she'll put you in traction!") in this popular blaxploitation film from Filipino director Cirio H. Santiago. Jackson leaves Harlem for Hong Kong to find her missing brother, who has run afoul of the Mob. Predictably, she must pose as a prostitute in order to find him, as well as engaging in topless karate. Santiago and his New World Pictures boss, Roger Corman, were so pleased with the film's success that they essentially remade it twice more, as Firecracker in 1981 and as Angelfist in 1992. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

Children of the Night
This drama chronicles the good deeds of a sociology student who, after doing research into women's crime, begins taking teen-age hookers into her home. Based on a true story. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Velvet Smooth
Johnnie Hill plays Velvet Smooth in this soft-core crime meller. The slinky Ms. Smooth is head of a private detective agency, specializing in protecting the unprotectable. Her current client is in deep with a murderous numbers racket. So Velvet Smooth goes undercover (and occasionally under covers) to smash the ring. An "R" rating hardly covers it. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Brother on the Run
Perennial supporting players Terry Carter and James B. Sikking get to play leads in Black Force 2. It goes without saying that this is a sequel to the first Black Force (1975, aka Force Four). In the original, two crime-fighting brothers battle international criminals. In the sequel, two crime-fighting brothers battle international criminals. Most likely, things will remain the same if there's ever a Black Force 3. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Dr. Calvin Crosse (Philip M. Thomas) is a doctor just out of medical school, and he has moved to a small New England town to set up a medical practice. He's black, however, and the townspeople are pretty bigoted. Things don't look too good. The sheriff (Peter H. Clue) of the town started a whole wave of trouble when he infected his wife, long ago, with syphilis. The disease spread to their unborn daughter. Now grown, and very contagious, the daughter (Josie Johnson) has been having group sex with the town's young people in order to pay the old man back for his crimes. The doctor has to treat her victims and track down the disease's source. Vietnam Veteran Bill Waco (Harlan Cary Poe) assists him in this. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Black Hooker
Super Soul Brother
A pair of crooks pay a midget doctor $6,000 to concoct a serum that will give them super strength in order to pull a major jewel heist. The drug works, but the user will die a week after taking it, and the antidote has not yet been finished. Anxious to commit the robbery, the hoods decide to pick up a wino off the streets and trick him into taking the serum and assisting them in the crime. They wind up with Steve (Wildman Steve), a pitiful derelict who accepts their offer of fine threads, a new apartment and all the fried chicken he can eat. The serum works, and Steve finds that he has the ability to bend solid steel bars with his bare hands and lift a two thousand pound safe over his head. Oblivious to the deadly effect of the drug and believing that the jewelry heist is merely a practical joke, Steve helps the criminals pull off the robbery. When Steve discovers the truth, he panics, but luckily the doctor's beautiful assistant Peggy (Jocelyn Norris) has fallen in love with him, and together they work to finish the antidote and foil the jewel thieves. ~ Fred Beldin, Rovi

Black Force
In this low-budget action drama, Jason (Own Wat-Son), Adam (Warhawk Tanzania), Eric (Malachi Lee) and Billy (Judie Soriano) are four gifted African-American martial artists who comprise Force: IV, a private investigation team who can solve mysteries and find missing valuables for the right price. Force: IV get the call when a rare piece of African art is stolen, and the owner wants it promptly returned. After hitting the streets of New York and asking neighborhood folks for clues, they learn that the statue is in the possession of Z (Sam Schwartz), a corpulent criminal mastermind who has found a buyer for the artifact. Force: IV formulate a plan to intercept the sale, but a question keeps nagging them -- what is it about this item that makes it so valuable to so many people? Most of the cast of Force: IV were trained martial artists, ranked black belt or higher, including the four leads and female gangster Felicia, played by Sydney Filson. The film was also released as Force Four and appeared on video as Black Force. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

The Candy Tangerine Man
In this drama, a fine upstanding LA businessman, and caring family man, reveals a much darker side when the sun goes down and the lights go out. Eventually his secret is discovered: the fellow is a prominent Sunset Strip pimp. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

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