Baadasssss! Movie Review 2003

Information and Film Reviews for Baadasssss! the Movie

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Mario Van Peebles' fictionalized biopic of his father Melvin's efforts to get his influential indie film "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song" (the forerunner of the blaxploitation genre) made. Melvin (Mario, who also directed, co-wrote, and produced) is plagued with money and health problems, union troubles and lack of studio interest. Well-made and highly entertaining film was adapted from Melvin's "making of" book. Mario honors his father's work without over-romaticizing the often-imperfect man behind it.


Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL:, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment

Available on DVD
Running time 108 minutes.
Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

Biopics: Showbiz, Blaxploitation, African America, Docudrama, African America, Period Piece: 1970s, Showbiz Dramas, True Stories, Filmmaking
Mario Van Peebles, Dennis Haggerty
Mario Van Peebles, Nia Long, David Alan Grier, Ossie Davis, Terry Crews, Rainn Wilson, Joy Bryant, Saul Rubinek, T.K. Carter, Paul Rodriguez, Vincent Schiavelli, Khleo Thomas, Len Lesser, Sally Struthers, Adam West, Glenn Plummer, Khalil Kain, Pamela Gordon, Joseph Culp, Karimah Westbrook, Ralph Martin, Robert Peters, Wesley Jonathan, John Singleton
Robert Primes
Mario Van Peebles
Tyler Bates
David Parker, Brian Slack, G. Marq Roswell, Garth Trinidad, Anthony Miller, Nneka Goforth, Alan E. Muraoka, Jorge Gonzalez Borelli, Kara Saun
Bruce Wayne Gillies, Bad Aaas Cinema, MVP Filmz, Sony Pictures Classics

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