BAADASSSSS!

Overview

In 1971, filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles released his third film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, which he wrote, directed, and scored. Despite boasting an all-black cast, an X rating, a low budget, and a decidedly non-Hollywood approach to moviemaking, the ground-breaking independent film went on to gross over ten million dollars while inspiring countless other films of the genre that would come to be called blaxploitation. Mario Van Peebles, the director's son, was 13 at the time and got his first taste of show...
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Overview

In 1971, filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles released his third film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, which he wrote, directed, and scored. Despite boasting an all-black cast, an X rating, a low budget, and a decidedly non-Hollywood approach to moviemaking, the ground-breaking independent film went on to gross over ten million dollars while inspiring countless other films of the genre that would come to be called blaxploitation. Mario Van Peebles, the director's son, was 13 at the time and got his first taste of show business with a small role in the film. Over three decades later, the younger Van Peebles directed and co-wrote this film, in which he stars as his father. BAADASSSSS! chronicles the director's struggles to get the film made by highlighting the social roadblocks and production pitfalls Van Peebles faced, as well as the personal sacrifices he was forced to make. Also starring T.K. Carter, Ossie Davis, and Nia Long, BAADASSSSS! premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Honoring his father even by using the same number of superfluous letters in his title, Mario Van Peebles has assembled one of the most bracing films about guerilla filmmaking ever committed to celluloid. Not only that, but as a witness to and subsequent reenactor of the events in the film, Van Peebles brings a gritty authenticity to BAADASSSSS! that makes it a 1970s time capsule on par with a film like Boogie Nights. Van Peebles is unflinching in his portrayal of father Melvin's struggles to bring the granddaddy of blaxploitation films to the big screen, which manifested themselves in such a dramatic physical way that the elder Van Peebles almost lost his eyesight. The fact that Mario plays Melvin heightens the intensity, as the role requires him to relive childhood traumas from the perspective of the man doing the traumatizing. In fact, the film gives the phrases "labor of love" and "project close to my heart" entirely new meanings. It's as much an achievement in mature filmmaking for Mario Van Peebles as Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song was for Melvin, since Mario had not directed a film in five years, and had never directed a film with any acclaim, possibly excepting New Jack City. The scenes of the patchwork crew scrambling through locations without permits and scaling all heights to finish on schedule are priceless bits of urban filmmaking lore. It's also interesting to see an early incarnation of Earth, Wind & Fire agreeing to record the soundtrack for shockingly low pay.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman
The beauty of Baadasssss! is the way Mario Van Peebles salutes his father's truth by coaxing it into legend.
The New Yorker - David Denby
Mario Van Peebles creates what can only be called a lucid fantasia; the movie quickly reaches a pitch of manic activity and stays there. It’s an exhausting, and exhaustingly pleasurable, entertainment.

Mario Van Peebles creates what can only be called a lucid fantasia; the movie quickly reaches a pitch of manic activity and stays there. It’s an exhausting, and exhaustingly pleasurable, entertainment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2014
  • UPC: 683904533531
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mill Creek Ent
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Color / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 13,942

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mario Van Peebles Melvin Van Peebles
Khleo Thomas Mario
T.K. Carter Bill Cosby
Ossie Davis Granddad
Nia Long Sandra
David Alan Grier Clyde Houston
Paul Rodriguez Jose Garcia
Rainn Wilson Bill Harris
Joy Bryant Priscilla
Joan Blair Brenda
Penny Bae Bridges Megan
Terry Crews Big T
Kate Krystowiak Moonbeam
Jazsmin Lewis Working Girl
Saul Rubinek Howie
Karimah Westbrook Ginney
Vincent Schiavelli Jerry
Len Lesser Manny Goldberg, Mort Goldberg
Sally Struthers Roz
Adam West Bert
Ralph P. Martin Tommy David
Robert Peters Bob Maxwell
Glenn Plummer Angry Brother
Khalil Kain Maurice
Pamela Gordon Ethel
Wesley Jonathan Panther
Joseph Culp Attorney
John Singleton Detroit J
Mandela Van Peebles Angel Muse
E.J. Callahan Bartender
Keith Diamond Large Brother
Don Dowe Officer
Brent Schaffer Panther
Brian "Skinny B" Lewis Panther
Mickey Mello David
Christopher Michael Journalist
Tyrone M. Mitchell Man
Alan James Morgan Josh
David Alan Smith Brewster
Nathan Wetherington Jimmy
Robin McLiam Wilson Excited Lady
Paul Roach Pimpy Paul
Marley Van Peebles Trick or Treater
Maya Van Peebles Trick or Treater
Bridget Avildsen Trick or Treater
Craig Jones Trick or Treater
Anthony Rodriguez Fernando
Thomas Longo Camera Assistant
Robert Yosses Script Supervisor
Danny Hebert Crew Member
Michele Hill Biker Girl
Lester Miller Nora
Robert Primes Union Thug
Buzzxsassy Union Thug
Rey Diogo Union Thug
Technical Credits
Mario Van Peebles Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Tyler Bates Score Composer
Jorge Gonzalez Borrelli Art Director
Anya Colloff Casting
Ian Dodd Camera Operator
Kokeeta Douglas Makeup
José Garcia Consultant/advisor
Bruce Gillies Asst. Director, Producer
Nneka Goforth Editor
Dennis Haggerty Co-producer, Screenwriter
Tobie Haggerty Executive Producer, Producer
Ipostini Casting
Michael Mann Executive Producer
Amy McIntyre-Britt Casting
Anthony Miller Editor
Alan Muraoka Production Designer
Michael O'Connor Cinematographer
Jerry Offsay Executive Producer
Chris Parker Musical Direction/Supervision
David Parker Sound Mixer, Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Primes Cinematographer
Galit Reuben Set Decoration/Design
G. Marq Roswell Co-producer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Kara Saun Costumes/Costume Designer
Brian Slack Sound/Sound Designer
Adam Swart Musical Direction/Supervision
Garth Trinidad Musical Direction/Supervision
Tal Vigderson Co-producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- BAADASSSSS!
1. Chapter 1 [27:23]
2. Chapter 2 [41:32]
3. Chapter 3 [33:28]
4. Chapter 4 [6:17]
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Disc #1 -- BAADASSSSS!
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