Release Date: February 1st, 2001
DVD Release Date: January 14th, 2003
R|1 hr 37 min
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