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Release Date: February 1st, 2001

DVD Release Date: January 14th, 2003

R|1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary
Sweet Sweetback (Melvin Van Peebles) is a black orphan who, having grown up in a brothel, now works there as part of a sex show. When the police need a patsy for a murder in the black community, Sweetback's employer gives him up to two white cops, whom Sweetback ends up killing. Suddenly the target of a massive manhunt, he decides to flee to Mexico. As he makes his way there, he is captured by, and escapes from, both the cops and a chapter of the Hell's Angels.

Cast: Melvin Van Peebles, Simon Chuckster, Hubert Scales, John Dullaghan, West Gale, Niva Rochelle, Rhetta Hughes, Nick Ferrari

Director: Melvin Van Peebles

Genres: Crime drama

Distributors: Direct Cinema Limited, Image Entertainment Inc., New World Pictures, Criterion Collection

Keywords: Intense, Los Angeles, Brash, 1970s, 1940s, Escape, Underdog, Revenge, Police officer