1971 / 97m - USA
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song poster


November 22, 2022


In competition with Shaft for being the first blaxploitation movie. Its independent origin and the harshness of the film probably give it a little extra edge. I can't say I really cared for it though. It's certainly different, but the presentation and execution are pretty paltry, which made it boring to watch.

Sweetback decides to help out the police when a dead body is found. He believes that the killer is a white man, the police on the other hand have a different suspect in mind. When they apprehend a young black boy for the crime, Sweetback intervenes and has to flee after setting the boy free.

The editing is different but incredibly messy and distracting. The plot is pretty nonsensical (but politically motivated) and the soundtrack is a complete disaster. No doubt this is a film with historic importance, and some people may appreciate the presentation, it just didn't do anything for me.