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    Don't overlook the blaxploitation films of the 1970s. Shaft you know about, but there are so many good ones:

    Across 110th Street -- a minor masterwork, this.
    Bamboo Gods and Iron Men -- love this title.
    Black Caeser
    Black Mama, White Mama*
    Bucktown
    Coffy*
    Cleopatra Jones*
    Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold*
    Come Back Charleston Blue
    Cotton Comes to Harlem
    Detroit 9000
    Foxy Brown*
    Friday Foster*
    Hammer
    Hell Up In Harlem
    Sheba, Baby*
    Slaughter
    Slaughter's Big Ripoff
    Superfly -- under-the-fingernails-gritty
    Three the Hard Way
    Trouble Man
    Truck Turner
    Which Way Is Up

    and a hundred more. Lots of Death Wish-style action. They are all good, solid genre films. The two Slaughter films are particularly strong and well-made. Black Caeser and its sequel Hell Up In Harlem are nearly classic examples of the genre.

    *female leads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard--W View Post
    Don't overlook the blaxploitation films of the 1970s. Shaft you know about, but there are so many good ones:

    Across 110th Street -- a minor masterwork, this.
    Black Caeser
    Come Back Charleston Blue
    Cotton Comes to Harlem
    Foxy Brown*
    Hammer
    Hell Up In Harlem
    Sheba, Baby*
    Slaughter
    Slaughter's Big Ripoff
    Superfly -- under-the-fingernails-gritty
    Trouble Man
    Truck Turner
    These are my favourite black action films from your list, Richard. SUPERFLY, ACROSS 110th STREET and TROUBLE MAN may be my absolute favourites of the subgenre. I also like the Jesse Crowder films that Fred Williamson made (and MEAN JOHNNY BARROWS) - cheap action pics, certainly, but they get extra points from me for their location work, which gives them a 'grit' they otherwise may have lacked.
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    Good call on the two Coffin Ed and Gravedigger Jones flicks.

    Richard, have you seen Gordon Parks' The Super Cops? Seeing your Superfly namecheck reminded me of it, a sorely underseen urban exploitation film (hard to call it blaxploitation since the two "heroes" are white)...


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    THE SUPER COPS is a lot of fun and I like it, but is it gritty? I'm glad this finally came out. Several of Gordeon Parks' best films are still missing in action.

    MEAN JOHNNY BARROWS is a superb film, but my memory fails me on the Jesse Crowder films. Which are they?

    Perusing my shelves I come across three of the grittiest dramas of the 1970s: CINDERELLA LIBERTY (costarring a down & dirty Marsha Mason before she started making "decent" movies), THE LAST DETAIL with Jack Nicholson, and Peckinpah's BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA. Together with THE PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK, these are the grittiest films of the decade.

    The original WALKING TALL and FRAMED, both with Joe Don Baker, fit the bill. So does THE HIT with BILLY DEE WILLIAMS which just came out on blu.
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    THE HARDER THEY COME (Jamaica, 1972) by Perry Henzel.

    WANDA (1970) by Barbara Loden.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard--W View Post
    THE SUPER COPS is a lot of fun and I like it, but is it gritty? I'm glad this finally came out. Several of Gordeon Parks' best films are still missing in action.

    MEAN JOHNNY BARROWS is a superb film, but my memory fails me on the Jesse Crowder films. Which are they?




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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard--W View Post
    Don't overlook the blaxploitation films of the 1970s. Shaft you know about, but there are so many good ones:

    Across 110th Street -- a minor masterwork, this.
    Bamboo Gods and Iron Men -- love this title.
    Black Caeser
    Black Mama, White Mama*
    Bucktown
    Coffy*
    Cleopatra Jones*
    Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold*
    Come Back Charleston Blue
    Cotton Comes to Harlem
    Detroit 9000
    Foxy Brown*
    Friday Foster*
    Hammer
    Hell Up In Harlem
    Sheba, Baby*
    Slaughter
    Slaughter's Big Ripoff
    Superfly -- under-the-fingernails-gritty
    Three the Hard Way
    Trouble Man
    Truck Turner
    Which Way Is Up

    and a hundred more. Lots of Death Wish-style action. They are all good, solid genre films. The two Slaughter films are particularly strong and well-made. Black Caeser and its sequel Hell Up In Harlem are nearly classic examples of the genre.

    *female leads.
    Blaxploitation is a passion of mine & if I may add a few to your fantastic list, Hit Man (1972) Bernie Casey is tops here, great spin on Get Carter. Together Brothers (1974) Truly a gritty vibe off this one & lastly Gordon's War (1973) great action. I also have a soft spot for Black Fist although many dislike that film

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    Paul, I guess I have some catching up to do with those Jesse Crowder films.

    Quote Originally Posted by Quot View Post
    ...Richard, have you seen Gordon Parks' The Super Cops? Seeing your Superfly namecheck reminded me of it, a sorely underseen urban exploitation film (hard to call it blaxploitation since the two "heroes" are white)...


    Watched this the other night and really enjoyed it. Definitely qualifies as gritty NYC action.

    Another one: THE VALACHI PAPERS (1971) with Charles Bronson, directed by Terence 007 Young.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Kewley View Post
    Blaxploitation is a passion of mine & if I may add a few to your fantastic list, Hit Man (1972) Bernie Casey is tops here, great spin on Get Carter. Together Brothers (1974) Truly a gritty vibe off this one & lastly Gordon's War (1973) great action. I also have a soft spot for Black Fist although many dislike that film

    Great suggestions. I haven't seen BLACK FIST. I haven't seen GORDON'S WAR in ages. It isn't on authorized DVD and the unauthorized DVD looks like shvt on shingle. Most of Gordon Parks' films remain unreleased on DVD, unfortunately.
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    Anybody care to tell me whether DUSTY AND SWEETS McGEE, out now on Warner Archives, is worth the investment? I've never seen this one; sounds interesting.

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    Re: Gritty Realistic 70s Action/Dramas...

    GORDON'S WAR is on a great double feature from Shout Factory. OFF LIMITS is off topic for this thread, but a lot of fun.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004RBC5H4
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