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R| 1 hr. 48 min.

Plot Summary
Director Mario Van Peebles chronicles the complicated production of his father Melvin's classic 1971 film, "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song." Playing his father in the film, Van Peebles offers an unapologetic account of Melvin's brash and sometimes deceptive conduct on the set of the film, including questionable antics like writing bad checks, tricking a local fire department and allowing his son, Mario, to shoot racy sex scenes at the age of 11.

Cast: Mario Van Peebles , Joy Bryant , Terry Crews , Ossie Davis , David Alan Grier , Nia Long , Saul Rubinek , Rainn Wilson

Director: Mario Van Peebles

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Baadasssss! (2003)

Release Date: May 28th, 2004|1 hr. 48 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
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  • The film is technically raw, but the sight of Van Peebles playing his father at a defining moment in movie history exerts a potent fascination. show more

  • Baadasssss! is the portrait of a visionary with a blind spot, a man starved for kindness who can no longer recognize the responsibility to be kind, even to his kids. But it's a portrait of a visionary nonetheless. show more

  • This movie is more wistful and winking, though it's obvious Mario is still working out emotional baggage with his tyrannically driven old man. show more

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