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The Black Six [Import anglais]
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Eine schwarze High-School-Schüler, der aus einem weißen Mädchen ist von dem Mädchen den Bruder und seine Motorradgang ermordet. Das Opfer den Bruder, ein Mitglied einer Motorradgang schwarz, geht nach Rache sucht. Die schwarzen Biker-Gang-Mitglieder wurden American-Football-Spieler!
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"The Black Gestapo" is an angry film that starts with the setup of a black revolutionary group, "The People's Army," led by General Ahmed (Rod Perry) who is fighting off white pushers in Watts. His second in command, Colonel Kojah (Charles Robinson) is a power grabber with fighting and malice in his heart. While Ahmed truly wants to help his people be independent and to overcome their problems, Kojah is simply a thug who seeks to replace the white pushers and criminals with his own. At the outset it appears that the entire film is nothing more than an endorsement of extremism, but Ahmed actually turns out to be a sympathetic character (despite the early 1940's jackboot imagery used.) The acting is quite poor and generally over the top, and this copy has poor quality sound and picture.
The concept is that under the effective control of Kojah, the People's Army descends to the level of the mob and puts out hits and the like: the attack on "Vito" (Phil Hoover; no stereotyping there...) in particular is appalling and will make males in the audience decidedly queasy. The fact that the group he founded has sunk to these depths revolts Ahmed, and a power battle erupts. One lesson is that absolute power corrupts absolutely, and that it's no better for the citizens of Watts to have the People's Army running extortion rackets and committing murders than it was for the mob to be doing so. The karate showdown between principals on a giant estate is the best action in the film, though the rally chants of "They will all feel our vengeance!" becomes tiresome quickly (although it does pretty much sum up the plot.)
After it becomes clear that corruption has ruined the revolution, it's obvious that the people of Watts are, if anything, worse off than when they started, and despite Ahmed's strict rules that he will not be involved in crime, nor will he permit it, the corruption is too deep in his organization to prevent destruction, and before long there are two sets of revolutionaries in two sets of uniforms fighting. Meanwhile, of course, it's the people who suffer, as the People's Army was given a $10,000 per week grant from the government to help the people of Watts. This change in direction will obviously void that. (I say obviously, but given California's proclivity for fiscal irresponsibility, who knows?)
Ultimately General Ahmed survives an assassination attempt and takes his black Ford Maverick on a stunning solo special ops mission to unseat Kojah. I won't reveal how it plays out, but will say that it takes approximately forever to unfold, there's a hilarious ruse involving an "endurance run," and everything ends in a pool. This film is all over the place and features some genuinely terrible acting. It also features Uschi Digard as Kojah's girlfriend in a very unexpected piece of casting. The vitriol is loud and blatant here, and it's hard to be sympathetic to any cause that endorses crime and assassination to further personal goals. I found the second half of the movie more captivating because it transitioned from race-based exploitation fare to a genuine battle of good versus evil as personified by Ahmed and Kojah. I am glad I watched "The Black Gestapo," but it was my least favorite of the two and I wouldn't seek it out, nor do I recommend it to anyone other than a blaxploitation completist.
"The Black Six" could just as well have been titled "Football and Motorcycles" as it stars six football legends from the 1970's riding bikes and righting wrongs. Gene Washington of the San Francisco 49ers stars as Bubba Daniels, a military veteran and all-around good guy. He peacefully rides around the country with a group of fellow veterans doing odd jobs on occasion and generally staying out of trouble. He is joined on the road by Carl Eller (Minnesota Vikings,) Lem Barney (Detroit Lions,) Mercury Morris (Miami Dolphins,) Willie Lanier (Kansas City Chiefs,) and Mean Joe Greene (Pittsburgh Steelers.) The film starts on a farm where the six are throwing hay bales and petting a goat. The scene provides background, as over dinner (which is painfully acted) we learn about their status as Army veterans and bikers. The film also makes it quite clear that they are totally peaceful unless provoked. Remember that the stars are football players, not actors: that will be obvious from the performances, but in all truth I found the relative amateurishness of the cast to be endearing and not to detract from the film: it's easy to sympathize with their plight and their successes.
Bubba gets word that his younger brother Eddie (Robert Howard) was murdered and the gang starts its own investigation after local cops are ineffective. In spite of its technical shortcomings, the film is an excellent reminder of how truly ugly racism is, and is very effective in that regard. I found myself surprised at how much I appreciated the film for its exploration of the issue (another film I highly recommend that addresses the issue decisively, although as a tangent to the primary plot, is "The Great Santini.") When they get to his hometown Bubba discovers that his brother was killed for dating a white girl, and after more digging finds iniquity pervading the town. His one true love is married to a weasel named Copperhead (Ron LeBrane) who is exploiting her by making her turn tricks. Bubba rescues her, and she helps them discover that it was Eddie's girlfriend's brother, Moose (John Isenbarger,) who killed Eddie because he couldn't accept her interracial relationship. Moose heads a huge biker gang with an (obviously deserved) bad reputation for trouble. It will come as no surprise that the film ends with an enormous melee of bikes that pits the forces of good versus evil in the stereotyped personas of Bubba versus Moose. The fight is a very lengthy knock-down, drag-out affair with plenty of action for anyone.
I am not especially a fan of biker films, but I thought Gene Washington and company did a good job depicting the triumph of good over evil, and despite the outdated slang, often ridiculous clothes, stilted dialogue, and unpolished acting, I recommend "The Black Six" to collectors of blaxploitation films, 1970's cult classics, football aficionados, and fans of B-movies everywhere.