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1 hr. 25 min.

Plot Summary
Melvin Van Peebles was one of the first black directors to challenge the white establishment in his films, which include "Watermelon Man" and "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song." In this documentary, the life of Van Peebles is discussed, including his work not only in film, but also as a novelist, actor, musician, stock trader and even Air Force pilot. Interview subjects include Gil Scott-Heron, Spike lee and Melvin's son and fellow filmmaker, Mario Van Peebles.

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Director: Joe Angio

Genres: Documentary

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Release Date: March 27th, 2005|1 hr. 25 min.

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  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Angio's film is an excellent introduction, but it won't be long before you realize that his subject is too complex to be contained in a single admiring tribute. When you want to know more - and you will - you'll be glad there's somewhere else to go for a bigger picture. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Enlightening. show more

  • 63
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Though the film verges on hagiography, Angio unearthed a treasure trove of fascinating clips, from the bored-looking writer-director leafing through his program at the 1971 Tony Awards. show more

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