The Spook Who Sat By the Door The Spook Who Sat By the Door

Saturday, September 15, 2012

You Really Wanna Mess With Whitey?

You Really Wanna Mess With Whitey?
Promoting I’m Gonna Git You Sucka in 1988, Steve James, who appeared as “Kung Fu Joe” in the blaxploitation spoof, commented: “I always hated that label ‘blaxploitation.’ I wondered, why couldn’t there just be films with black stars? You know, you’d go around the corner from a theater showing one of them, and there’d be Dirty Harry. And nobody was calling it ‘whitesploitation.’” Right on, Steve! So in February, I’ll take a look at ten films featuring black stars from a certain era.

You Really Wanna Mess With Whitey?

Directed by Ivan Dixon
Screenplay by Sam Greenlee and Mel Clay, based on the novel by Sam Greenlee
Produced by Ivan Dixon, Sam Greenlee
102 minutes

Any trip through “blaxploitation” would be missing something without The Spook Who Sat By The Door. Written in 1966 and published in 1969, Sam Greenlee‘s political thriller notched 1.5 million copies sold. The author went into business withIvan Dixon, an actor and television director who’d gunned his way into features withTrouble Man in 1972. Greenlee & Dixon’s plan to finance and distribute the film independently stalled when black investors proved scarce; Greenlee’s attorney put up roughly $800,000 to get cameras rolling and United Artists acquired distribution rights, contributing $200,000 in completion bonds. Yanked from release by exhibitors fearful that the movie would spark revolution in theater lobbies across America, The Spook Who Sat By The Door went underground for almost 30 years.
In 2000, actor/producers Tim and Daphne Reid offered to distribute the cult classic on DVD through their Obsidian Home Entertainment. Fitting to Greenlee’s fantasy of America’s ghetto masses mobilizing into a resistance movement, The Spook Who Sat By The Door is hard hat wearing, metal lunchbox swinging independent filmmaking at its finest, a professional piece of work that makes up for what it lacks in budget with ample amounts of backbone. The material goes easy on the sermonizing to settle into a potent blend of social drama, character study and espionage thriller. Lawrence Cook is exceptionally well cast in the lead, soft spoken and scholarly, highly motivated and lethal, a militant Jack Ryan. Herbie Hancock composed a musical score that’s as durable, spartan and means-business as the movie.

Running a tight reelection campaign, a U.S. senator opts to raise his profile among urban voters by appointing a token black agent to the Central Intelligence Agency. One promising finalist appears to be Dan Freeman (Lawrence Cook), ostracized by his classmates for studying too much and initially overlooked by management due to his habit of fading into the woodwork. But Freeman’s physical, intellectual and personal assets match what the CIA is looking for and he wins the spot. Freeman spends five dutiful years in a sub-basement toiling as a document “reproduction section chief”, growing estranged from his childhood love, a social worker (Janet League) who wants to get married and start a family. Instead, Freeman resigns his position as the first black spy to return home to Chicago, ostensibly to become a social worker.

Freeman makes contact with the leadership of a street gang he ran with as a teenager. Unimpressed with the gang’s puny resistance against the pigs, Freeman drills the hoodlums in guerilla warfare tactics, from building explosives, to organization, to how to rip off the enemy (“Remember, a black man with a mop, tray or broom in his hand can go damn near anywhere in this country, and a smiling black man is invisible.”) Freeman connects with an ex-hoodlum turned cop (J.A. Preston) he hopes to flip to their cause, as well as a D.C. prostitute Freeman dubs “Dahomey Queen” (Paula Kelly) who becomes a crucial source of information. The Black Freedom Fighters of North America find their plans for armed resistance rushed into the field when You Really Wanna Mess With Whitey?You Really Wanna Mess With Whitey? s 

.You Really Wanna Mess With Whitey?
You Really Wanna Mess With Whitey?

Insurance or Credit Report fatsilc test Journal Of Education sex education Online Auto Insurance Scholars Programs US Digital Photography Health And Fitness Internet Dating Auto Finance Insurance Casino Tips and Gambling Strategy Track Business and Marketing France Insurance Sales Web Analytic Development Marketing Business Make Money Online Web Developer's Resource Computer & Internet Cancer Therapy and Research Treatment Francais IT support services Real Estate Investment Fun Educational Games for Kids Dating and Relationships Petit Verdot and Wine Spirit Wes Hotel Health and Care Medical Center Educational Innovations Cambridge Display Discover Financial Services Learning the Basic Terms in Web Marketing Landscaping Outdoor Decorating test test professional services marketing travel coupons city sense project glamour fashion tumblr small business administration Health Services Research healthy balance therapeutics test test test test test Catalog Insurance Gambling Anonymous Small Business Ideas Exotic Car Insurance Health and Fitness Child Education Training bibliographie Computer and Science RSMJ Business Network General entertainment Recovery Living Website Shopping Cart THE OFFICIAL BUSINESS MASSAGE IN BEIJING Contracts Online Business News Compass Scandi TV Fashion Protect Hairstyle Sports Education Quotes Cursoscyt2 Xceedid Corporation Technologie Systemy a Management Body and Fitness Design Buddies Homes I-Praca Education EDUCATION Training Primary School About Us Secondary School Technology Care Real Estate Lyndon State College PERSONAL WEBSITE Insurance or Credit Report IL Punto Web Design Auto Repair Service Business Plan design voice network LOANS MONTHLY PAYMENTS CREDIT kyweb Resources and Information Aca Allertor Industry The Story of Digital Health Cy-bocs Test Website Celebrity Bride Guide ARE WE EATING FISHY FOODS Good Life Insurance Ideal Standard Polska New School Enrichment Homes Schooling J.S. Peck Real Estate Technology buy viagra online real estate mobile shopping summit Veolia Waste to Energy Plants Kredit Un Vrai Repas Compass Offices Global Amset IT Dexma Energy Management Results Online Hart Scientific website kaconk666 ART Business 101 Technologies has a Sales Estimates Give To end Cancer Preserve Giving Football Games 888 33travel Travel Time From International Payment Global Life Insurance quilpie shire council Travel Gate Tours fashion show mall stores FCRA Online Services Precision Strategy Perfect Plays Forex Trading Strategy Entertainment Music News Phoenix Publishing Fashion and Shopping Herbal Medicine Health Celebrations Fashion Designer Red Tree Custom Homes South Suburban Adoption Business Transformation Trading Craigconnects Voters Laws Information Technology Software Games Play Education Francesca's North The Real Housewives of New Jersey Cooking Food Grill Holmes School Design Fleisher's Meat AFR Heads for Sale Enyo JavaScript Application Framework Test Homes Interior Design Fresh Wok Dedford