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Black Dynamite

Black Dynamite

3.8 5
Director: Scott Sanders

Cast: Michael Jai White, Kym E. Whitley, Tommy Davidson


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The city streets explode into violence when "The Man" kills Black Dynamite's (Michael Jai White) brother in this seamless recreation of the blaxploitation classics of the 1970s. He was the best agent that the CIA ever had, but these days Black Dynamite only answers to one boss -- himself. When "The Man" ices Black Dynamite's brother,


The city streets explode into violence when "The Man" kills Black Dynamite's (Michael Jai White) brother in this seamless recreation of the blaxploitation classics of the 1970s. He was the best agent that the CIA ever had, but these days Black Dynamite only answers to one boss -- himself. When "The Man" ices Black Dynamite's brother, starts pumping heroin into the local orphanage, and floods the ghetto with a secret weapon disguised as common malt liquor, the car chases, gunfights, and shirtless brawls that follow prove wild enough to make even Dolemite green with envy.

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All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Melvin Van Peebles' Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song was released in 1971. By 1975, filmmakers were already making spoofs like Darktown Strutters. While artists like Van Peebles and Curtis Mayfield (whose soundtrack for Superfly easily outshines the film itself) were serious in their aims, most of the Hollywood output was more about outrageous street fashion, funk, and jive talk than anything truly subversive. That makes the films ripe for parody, and with a new entry coming out every couple of years, blaxploitation parody has seemingly become its own genre. Scott Sanders' Black Dynamite works surprisingly well, primarily because it maintains a genuine affection for the films it's mocking. Michael Jai White (who also co-wrote the script) stars as the title character, a former CIA agent who returns to crime fighting when his brother is murdered. The movie displays a self-consciously low-budget style, with visible boom mikes and action sequences cut to hide missing effects. It's beefs, babes, and braggadocio as White winds his way through the underworld, protecting orphans from the scourge of drugs ("This orphanage used to be alive with laughter," he laments) and teaching kung fu to prostitutes. The goofy plot owes a bit to the aforementioned Darktown Strutters, with a capitalist conspiracy to sell black America its own destruction, and winds up with its hero in the White House battling a surprisingly spry Richard Nixon (James McManus). Black Dynamite is pretty funny, in that self-conscious, inside-jokey way of film parodies. It's successful in large part due to White's wonderfully straight-faced performance. While White has never shown this kind of comic ability as an actor, he has displayed his martial arts skills, and, like his deadpan delivery, they lend the film an authenticity that grounds the comedy. It needs that grounding. The more outrageous Sanders lets it get -- as when he graphically depicts the horrifying effects of "Anaconda Malt Liquor" -- the more Black Dynamite verges into mere silliness, along the lines of something produced by the Wayans brothers (whose fitfully amusing I'm Gonna Git You Sucka! this easily surpasses). Black Dynamite should play especially well to aficionados of the genre, because one can sense the filmmakers' love for those old films, which imparts surprising warmth to the comedy.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Sales rank:

Special Features

Fimmaker & cast commentary; Making-of featurette; The Comic-Con Experience; Deleted & animated scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Jai White Black Dynamite
Kym E. Whitley Honey Bee
Tommy Davidson Cream Corn
Kevin Chapman O'Leary
Byron Minns Bullhorn
Salli Richardson-Whitfield Gloria
Cedric Yarbrough Chocolate Giddy-Up
Mykelti Williamson Chicago Wind
Nicole Sullivan Patricia Nixon
Brian McKnight Sweet Meat
Arsenio Hall Tasty Freeze
Obba Babatunde Osiris
Buddy Lewis Gunsmoke
Bokeem Woodbine Back Hand Jack
Miguel A. Nuñez Mo Bitches
Tucker Smallwood Congressman James
Phil Morris Saheed
Mike Starr Rafelli
Richard Edson Dino
Dde Dionne Afroditey
John Salley Kotex
James McManus Richard Nixon
Roger Yuan Fiendish Dr. Wu
Charlotte Stokely Lady of Leisure
Chris Spencer Militant 1
Darrell M. Heath Militant 2

Technical Credits
Scott Sanders Director,Screenwriter
Jillian Apfelbaum Co-producer
Deanna Berkeley Executive Producer
James Berkeley Executive Producer
Ruth E. Carter Costumes/Costume Designer
Ailson Engel Co-producer
Nathan Funk Co-producer
Trevor Funk Co-producer
Intesar Haider Associate Producer
Six Point Harness Animator
Seth Harrison Co-producer
David Hollander Musical Direction/Supervision
Shawn Maurer Cinematographer
Byron Minns Original Story,Screenwriter
Rick Montgomery Casting
Denise Pizzini Production Designer
Matt Richards Co-producer
Jenna Segal Co-producer
Paul Segal Co-producer
Jon Steingart Producer
Jenny Wiener Steingart Producer
Michael Jai White Original Story,Screenwriter
Adrian Younge Score Composer,Editor
Ron Yuan Action Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Black Dynamite
1. Chapter 1 [4:41]
2. Chapter 2 [1:55]
3. Chapter 3 [3:23]
4. Chapter 4 [1:28]
5. Chapter 5 [3:41]
6. Chapter 6 [4:23]
7. Chapter 7 [3:09]
8. Chapter 8 [2:44]
9. Chapter 9 [3:23]
10. Chapter 10 [2:30]
11. Chapter 11 [2:08]
12. Chapter 12 [2:07]
13. Chapter 13 [1:30]
14. Chapter 14 [3:12]
15. Chapter 15 [3:53]
16. Chapter 16 [1:57]
17. Chapter 17 [2:02]
18. Chapter 18 [3:01]
19. Chapter 19 [2:44]
20. Chapter 20 [4:58]
21. Chapter 21 [2:41]
22. Chapter 22 [1:10]
23. Chapter 23 [3:20]
24. Chapter 24 [2:05]
25. Chapter 25 [1:53]
26. Chapter 26 [2:50]
27. Chapter 27 [2:02]
28. Chapter 28 [9:06]


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Black Dynamite 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a review that called this film offensive and I must say, I really think that reviewer got the point of the movie entirely wrong. This movie did include negative portrayals of people of all races, and yes, African-Americans in particular. I wasn't offended however (as someone who is Black) because it is a parody of the Blaxploitation genre which often included offensive stereotypes. Since it is satirical, it is basically mocking those stereotypes, not reinforcing them. There's no reason to get offended over parody: it isn't trying to portray black people negatively, it's just making commentary on a certain genre that was extremely controversial and also very campy in the first place. Also, this movie is funny as hell. Enjoy :)
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VinsonPA More than 1 year ago
Funny! Michael Jai White's hilarious take on the blacksploitation movies of the 70s is a must see. Some of the jokes are broad but most are subtle and reflect the low budget films that fill the genre. White plays an ex-military hero who sets out for revenge for his brother and eventually goes up against the drug lords who are dragging his community down and even goes fist-to-jaw with The Man, himself. Apperances by Arsenio Hall and Cedric the Entertainer make this movie a must own on DVD or blu-ray!
chayasar More than 1 year ago
I am so glad that Dish TV is giving out Encore and all of the Starz channels for free for a year. If I had paid to see this movie I'd feel even worse than I do now after having just finished watching it. It is no wonder that this 3 million dollar atrocity grossed less than 300 thousand. If I were black and had gone to a theater to see this movie I would have walked out in disgust at the stereotypical, and no way in the world humorous portrayals of my race. Only because IMDB had such stellar reviews of this movie did my husband and I continue to uncomfortably watch it thinking it absolutely had to get better. Unfortunately, not only did it not get better, but WE were offended by the tasteless ending. P.S. Cedric the Entertainer was NOT in this movie.