Black Dynamite

2009

Scott Sanders
Director
Ars Nova
Production Company
Destination Films
Production Company

Karate-choppin' lady-lovin' ex-CIA agent and general bad-ass Black Dynamite is out to avenge the death of his drug addict brother, and no one is going to stand in his way. Soon he uncovers a diabolical scheme that's bigger than anything he could imagine.

Pretty much perfect parody of every aspect of the blaxploitation genre, replete with overacting, boom mikes, mismatched stock footage, etc. Some well-done homages to You Only Live Twice and Enter the Dragon as well. The only real problem, besides a somewhat overly silly ending, might be that it is too perfect a parody, and some viewers (apparently including clueless New York Times critics) might come away with the impression that it's merely a bad film. Shades of people asking why they made a documentary about such an awful band when referring to This is Spinal Tap.

Shame that Tucker Smallwood, Mike Starr and Richard Edson had their parts so cut down--their scenes are great, and do help a lot to explain the plot. It's not as if the movie were over-long or anything.

-Dave W.


Black Dynamite
16th October 2009
Cinema



85 mins
1.85:1

Black Dynamite
16th February 2010
DVD



85 mins
1.85:1


16th February 2010
Blu-Ray



84 mins
1.85:1




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Michael Jai White
Black Dynamite
Obba Babatundé
Osiris
Kevin Chapman
O'Leary
Tommy Davidson
Cream Corn
Richard Edson
Dino
Arsenio Hall
Tasty Freeze
Darrel Heath
Militant #2
Buddy Lewis
Gunsmoke
Brian McKnight
Sweet Meat
Byron Minns
Bullhorn
Phil Morris
Saheed
Miguel A. Núñez Jr.
Mo Bitches
Nicole Ari Parker
Mahogany Black
Salli Richardson-Whitfield
Gloria
John Salley
Kotex
Tucker Smallwood
Congressman Monroe James
Chris Spencer
Militant #1
Mike Starr
Vincent Rafelli
Nicole Sullivan
Patricia Nixon
Kym Whitley
Honeybee
Mykelti Williamson
Chicago Wind
Bokeem Woodbine
Black Hand Jack
Cedric Yarbrough
Chocolate Giddy-Up
Roger Yuan
Fiendish Dr. Wu
James McManus
Richard M. Nixon
Phyllis Applegate
Aunt Billy
William Bassett
Captain Yancy
Troy Lindsey Brown
Kid #1
Fredella Calloway
Waitress
Cheryl Carter
Black Dynamite's Mother
Juke Ceesay
Valet Girl
(as Juka Cesay)
Lucky Davis
Paperboy
Nicholas Earley
Neighborhood Kid
Jason Jack Edwards
Soul Brother
Jon Kent Ethridge
Black Dynamite (Age 12)
Mary Evans
Woman at Table
Cory Gluck
16 year Old Jimmy
Dionne Gipson
Afroditey
Paul Hayes
Doctor
Erika Vution
Black Chick
(as Ashli R. Jackson)
Justine Joli
Swimming White Woman
Irwin Keyes
Henchman
John Kerry
Chief
Charmane Star
Asian Chick
(as Sheryn Lascano)
Daniel Leavitt
Teasing Boy #1
Neil Lewis
Black Dynamite (Age 18)
Buddy Love
Drug Dealing Pimp
Jessica Moreno
Dumb Broad #1
Stacy Adams
Nurse Jenny
(as Joy Mulligan)
Tumani Nicole
Brikwilla
Damion Poitier
Thug #2 (as Damian Poitier)
Candace Rice
Shawanda
Akhir Shabazz Regains
Freddie
Edwina Snowden
Black Chick #2
Charlotte Stokely
White Chick
(as Brittney Sorensen)
Larnell Stovall
Thug #1
Nakia Syvonne
Euphoria
Ben Tan
Kid #2
Paul Taylor
Pretty Terry
Al Vicente
Capo
Baron Vaughn
Jimmy
Jimmy Walker Jr.
Roscoe
Lee Whittaker
Donut Man
Billy 'Sly' Williams
Willy Sly
(as Billy Sly Williams)
Andre Younge
Reggie
Jesse Lewis IV
Militant #3
Pete Antico
Abraham Lincoln
(uncredited)
Sorana Black
Disguised Waitress #1
(uncredited)
Sean Christopher
Nipsy (uncredited)
Andray Johnson
Karate Instructor
(uncredited)
Lauren Mary Kim
Hoe (uncredited)
Alexis McCombs
Hooker (uncredited)
K.J. Middlebrooks
Pimp in Barbershop
(uncredited)
Kevin Murry
Nipsy's Neighbor (uncredited)
Garen Petrossian
Goon #3 (uncredited)
John Rhymes
Suga Pimp (uncredited)
Proc Zocko
Goon (uncredited)
Unknown
Crenshaw Pete
Unknown
Captain Kangaroo Pimp

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