PANTHER

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Release Date: May 05, 1995

Starring: Kadeem Hardison, Marcus Chong,
Courtney Vance, Bokeem
Woodbine, Joe Don Baker,
Nefertiti, Tyrin Turner,
Anthony Griffith, James Russo,
Richard Dysart, Bobby Brown,
Chris Rock, & Dick Gregory

Genre: Drama

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Rating: R

Runtime: 120 minutes

Distributor: Gramercy Pictures

Director: Mario Van Peebles EXECUTIVE
PRODUCERS: Eric Fellner & Tim
Bevan

Executive Producer:

Producer: Eric Fellner & Tim
Bevan PRODUCERS: Preston
Holmes, Mario Van Peebles &
Melvin Van Peebles

Writer: Melvin Van Peebles

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Content:

(H, LLL, VVV, N, A, D, M, RH) Racist worldview condemning democracy & espousing communism with anarchy as means to fight oppression by U.S. government run by white race; 152 obscenities, 13 profanities (6 exclamatory), several sexual vulgarities, & innumerable racial slurs; gratuitous, bloody violence far in excess of amount needed to tell even a violent story -- numerous murders, vicious beatings, bloody bodies, many shootings, car hits small boy on bicycle, & verbal intimidation & intense confrontations; woman's skirt blown up by breeze to reveal underwear; frequent alcohol use & drunkenness; drug use & drug selling; extortion, bribery, deceit, & Mafia connections to police all portrayed; and, plan enacted by FBI to flood black community with cheap drugs to stop Black Panthers & subdue the black race.

Summary:

Hoping to create "an emotional resonance that transcends color lines and sends a little power to the people," PANTHER instead is a violent, racially inflammatory and historically dubious movie portraying all white people as racist, corrupt and/or stupid. While good direction and great acting performances by a daring young cast nearly saves PANTHER, the gratuitous and vicious violence, heavy political message and blisteringly foul language push it over the acceptability edge for most viewers.

Review:

Hoping to create "an emotional resonance that transcends color lines and sends a little power to the people," PANTHER instead is a violent, racially inflammatory and historically dubious movie portraying all white people as racist, corrupt and stupid. Kadeem Hardison stars as a young Viet Nam veteran freshly back in his old neighborhood in mid-sixties Oakland just as Huey Newton and Bobby Seale organize a group to combat injustice, calling themselves the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. Preaching self-respect, self-rule and community involvement, the Party offered hope to a hopeless people and galvanized a generation of blacks. Sadly, what began peacefully was followed by a violent, misguided movement that forgot about family and chose instead to ride the tenets of Marx and Mao, leaving a legacy of hate and division. Within a few short years, the Party would disappear, its leaders dead or forced underground.

PANTHER falls into the trap of retelling history a la Oliver Stone's JFK -- riveting to watch, but too sensational to accept intellectually. While good direction and acting by a daring young cast nearly saves PANTHER, the gratuitous and vicious violence, heavy political message and blisteringly foul language push it over the acceptability edge for most viewers.

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