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The Bad Bunch1976

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  • 3.6
Violence and racial tension punctuate this fast moving study of prejudice and discrimination. THE BAD BUNCH is the story of a black gang who run the streets of Watts. It is also the story of Jim (played by director/screenwriter Greydon Clark), a white man who tries to befriend them. Prejudice stands in the way of any friendship and turns black against white in a bloody act of vengeance. This film, set in the mid ‘70s, does much to show how society has progressed but, to some, it may seem that “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”
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A bitter and entertaining confection of racial fears, simmering violence and gratuitous sex. It's high tension on a low budget. Director Greydon Clark (in his debut feature) wants us to ponder race issues without taking a side. The black militants who stalk and terrorize a white liberal here are running on misdirected anger, but that anger didn't come from nowhere. Meanwhile, our terrorized white man has all of the personality of cardboard (director Clark plays the role himself and avoids any heavy lifting as an actor), with his only dimensions being his womanizing and his desire to make friends with the men who want him dead. In between is a panorama of racial attitudes from unrepentant bigots, far-out bohemians who find black people exotic, white men who seek out black prostitutes and an elderly black man who can only shake his head at it all. It's rough-edged and sometimes clumsy, but an intriguing snapshot of the times from a director who'd go on to be a B-movie mainstay.

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My opinion of this film is that it is one of the greatest movies ever made. It brings great life to blaxplotation history of the 1970's era Black cinema.

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If you want a hit of the early 70s with midriffs, afros, posters of Bobby Kennedy, Muhammed Ali, and sets that include the book Seize the Moment you will definitely get an early 70s fix, with a fitting soundtrack with free jazz and rock. The movie starts with a white and black soldier in Vietnam questioning about whether race relations will change for the better after the war when the black soldier is shot when the black soldier is killed by a shot to the gut. . . when the white soldier goes to Watts to tell the father of his friend about the last moment the gang-member brother of the deceased gives him a hostile welcome . . . the racist cops don't help matters any, of course . . . so, one wonders how the black soldier might have finished his sentence about "one thing that would help" [race relations] if he hadn't been blown away.

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It's worth noting that this film is listed in IMDB as "Tom" (1973) It's a good reminder that racism is one hell of an ugly tango, because ignorance knows no color except red. And there is a LOT of that in this film. Belongs in a history class, in a way.

reminded me of 'do the right thing' obviously this came first.

HAVING GROWN UP IN THE SIXTIES AND A MEMBER OF THE ORIGINAL BLACK PANTHERS I FOUND THIS MOVIE TO BE SOMEWHAT INTERESTING.IN MY EXPERIENCES I CAME ACROSS MORE THAN A FEW BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO HAD PSYCHOLOGICAL PROJECTION PROBLEMS AND USED THAT AS AN EXCUSE TO SCAPEGOAT INNOCENT GOODHEARTED PEOPLE WHO COULD WOULD MORE THAN LIKELY HAVE BEEN MOST CAPABLE ALLIES TO THE CAUSE.THAT IS WHERE QUALIFIED HAD TO STEP IN AND RENDER QUICK AND SUCCINCT ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENTS SO THAT THEY COULD REALIZE WHO WAS REALLY FRIEND OR FOE. WITH THAT UNDERSTANDING ONE CAN APPRECIATE JUST WHERE THIS MOVIE IS COMING FROM.

A very powerful look into evil, how it transcends normalcy, and is allowed to exist! Racism, is just one of the division of evil! Love, forgiveness, and trust is the other side! Too bad the lie that was told many years ago, is still being believed today. We all are common men, there's no superior, nor is there a inferior human. But, we are guided by our spiritual, economic and intellectual experiences of our time.

deep movie

Yup, "ok" about sums this up. I have absolutely no idea about what I just watched. lol.

that dude in the photo here -is a real jive turkey and got what was coming to him--power to the people but-not his way--

This movie brings out hatred and racism exist with all races.

funky

allsome movie ok