Monday night I went to see this 1972 movie at the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville. It was like being in a time warp and back in 1972. This movie has padding and some wooden acting but you can tell where Quentin Tarantino was inspired. I’ve always liked the movie and seeing it on the big screen made it that much better.
They filmed it on the cheap with some real criminals in the movie to add authenticity. The character “KC” was a pimp in real life and the famous car from the movie is, in fact, KC’s car. The car is no longer with us…it was seized by the IRS when KC got into trouble.
“Fat Freddie” “Charles McGregor” in real life was a reformed criminal. He helped on the realism and went on to appear in more blaxploitation films in the 1970s. He also ended up going to schools and counseling children on the dangers of a life in crime.
The highlight of the movie, of course, is the music. Curtis Mayfield’s soundtrack is great. Curtis does appear in the movie playing in a bar.
The movie’s budget was under 500,000 dollars but it did gross over 30 million at the box office.
One quote got a laugh from the audience…and it was because of the mention of an eight-track. You’re gunna give all this up? Eight Track Stereo, color T.V. in every room, and can snort a half a piece of dope everyday?! That’s the American Dream
I’m glad they didn’t clean the film up too much. It had some grainy elements and it fit the atmosphere perfect.
It’s not a great, great movie but the story is good with a nice twist… and it did make a cultural impact.