Hammer

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In this African-American boxing drama, a pugilistic stevedore becomes a professional fighter thanks to his mob connections. His primary backer is himself controlled by the Mafia. Trouble ensues when the fighter must choose between his beloved and a championship match.
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Overview

In this African-American boxing drama, a pugilistic stevedore becomes a professional fighter thanks to his mob connections. His primary backer is himself controlled by the Mafia. Trouble ensues when the fighter must choose between his beloved and a championship match.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer; English: mono; English, French & Spanish language subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Fred Williamson first made his name as a football player, playing defense with the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs, so it made sense to cast him in a sports-themed picture. In Hammer (the title was inspired by Williamson's gridiron nickname), he portrays a boxer rather than a football star, but given Williamson's reputation for aggressive play on the field, that wasn't too much of a stretch, and Williamson is convincing and charismatic enough that he carries most of the picture on his shoulders, and does so with good-natured swagger and charm to spare. Williamson doesn't have a lot of range as an actor, but he was a solid action star who could kick butt and do it with a smile when needed, and along with looking convincing in the ring he works hard to make the best of Charles Johnson's truly awful script. The plot is a swampy morass of clichés, the characters are annoyingly predictable and the dialogue is often laughable; the fact that Williamson was able to keep a straight face saying "I cut my teeth playing big-time city games like Smack the Fag, Hump the Whore and Dodge the Needle, so ain't no jive-time jelly-belly cat gonna rip me off" makes his work here all the more impressive. (And the Hammer rocks a truly mighty set of sideburns in this picture.) Vonetta McGee also comes off well as Williamson's love interest, and the fight scenes deliver an impressive bone-crunching impact, while director Bruce Clark gives this material a bit more visual flash that you might expect. Hammer is run-of-the-mill blaxploitation fare in most respects, but Williamson and McGee try to make something of a mediocre script, and they succeed just enough to make this a reasonably entertaining time-killer, if not much more.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2004
  • UPC: 027616901545
  • Original Release: 1972
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Lebell Referee
Jimmy Lennon Sr. Ring Announcer
D'Urville Martin Sanny
John Quade Riley
Johnny Silver Tiny
Nawana Davis Mary
John DeCarlos Bruiser
Leon Isaac Babby Williams
Tracy Ann-King "The Black Magic Woman"
Perrie Lott Nagi
Jamal Moore Henry Jones
Al Richardson Black Militant
Mel Stewart Professor
George Wilbur Irish Joe Brady
Fred Williamson B.J. Hammer
Bernie Hamilton Davis
Vonetta McGee Lois
Charles Lampkin Big Sid
Elizabeth Harding Rhoda
Stack Pierce Roughhouse
William Smith Brenner
Philip Jackson
Technical Credits
Bruce Clark Director, Production Designer
Al Adamson Producer
Solomon Burke Score Composer
George Folsey Jr. Editor
Phillip Hazelton Producer
Charles Johnson Screenwriter
Bernard Schwartz Producer
Robert Steadman Cinematographer
Skip Troutman Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/On the Docks [7:12]
2. Mr. Big [3:47]
3. Round One [3:40]
4. In the Game [6:22]
5. Training Days [2:27]
6. A Real Class Act [8:02]
7. One of the Boys [2:57]
8. Making Tracks [6:02]
9. "A Freedom Trip" [3:02]
10. Street Fighting Man [6:07]
11. Hammer Time [3:36]
12. The Contender [9:04]
13. It's Going Down [8:26]
14. Bustin' Through [13:52]
15. Gig's Up [4:45]
16. "Press On"/End Credits [1:36]
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Side #1 --
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   Scene Selections
   Theatrical Trailer
   Subtitles
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