Based on a true story, this is actor/writer/director Mario Van Peebles' candid portrait of his father Melvin's struggle as a young, black director during the socially-shifting early '70s. Determined to make a film that matters, Melvin (played by son Mario) deals with two-faced backers, a rag tag crew, threatening creditors and various shades of Hollywood hypocrisy. Obsessed and with everything on the line, including his failing eyesight and family, his only choice is to stick to his guns and do whatever it takes to get his neo-blaxploitation epic "Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song" to the audience for which it was envisioned. The real-life father and son dynamic brings an intimacy to this inspiring and often hilarious tribute to the father of black cinema. The result is a seamless layering of entertaining drama and poignant documentary that mirrors itself from every angle and never loses its edge.

Year: 2003
Genre: True Stories, Cult Films / After Dark, Biography
Country: USA
Director: Mario Van Peebles
Starring: Joy Bryant, Ossie Davis, David Alan Grier, Nia Long, Paul Rodriguez, Saul Rubinek, Khleo Thomas, Mario Van Peebles, Rainn Wilson
Duration: 107 Minutes
Rating: R16 - Contains violence, offensive language, drug use and sex scenes
Location in store: Cult



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