- "Making Of" by Melvin Van Peebles
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 14, 2003
- Originally Released: 1971
- Label: Xenon
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Featurette: Making of Documentary: "The Real Deal (What It Is)
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
- Text/Photo Galleries:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 02/16/1989
"...This is still endlessly fascinating, thanks to its circuit busting level of rage..."
Uncut - 01/01/2006
"[The film] inspired the genre....[Van Peebles] wrote, directed, produced, cast, financed, edited and starred, as well as decorating the sets and composing the soundtrack."
Sight and Sound - 03/01/2006
"[T]he film's political fury is complemented by a loose, funky soundtrack from Earth Wind & Fire, and a ragged, mercurial visual aesthetic..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song is the story of a young hustler (Van Peebles) whose aimless pleasure seeking turns to radicalism after witnessing the beating a black revolutionary by two white cops. Sweetback, driven to a state of blind rage, takes brutal revenge on the cops, forcing him into a desperate life on the run.
In Melvin Van Peebles's SWEET SWEETBACK'S BAADASSSSS SONG, a black sex performer becomes a reluctant hero when he kills the two white cops who brutalized a young prisoner for racist reasons. Heading south of the border, he runs into plenty of quirky 1970s stock characters.
Essential Cinema |
Race Relations |
Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical release: April 23, 1971
- Melvin's son Mario makes a ubiquitous screen debut as the young Sweetback. Mario would go on to direct 2003's BAADASSSSS!, in which he recreated the event's surrounding SWEETBACK's production and stepped into the shoes of his legendary father.
- When Van Peebles realized that no studio would support his controversial vision, he turned to several notable black celebrities to help him finance the picture (including Bill Cosby).
- The film is dedicated to "Brothers and sisters who have had enough of the Man."