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Directed by Melvin Van Peebles

United States 1971 97 mins. In English

Director Melvin Van Peebles stars as a gigolo on the run in this 1973 proto-blaxploitation classic. When the rescue of a Black Panther from police brutality ends in the death of two officers, the entire force is after him, leading Sweetback to flee for his life in a race for the Mexican border. “This sulphurous nightmare of racial paranoia and revenge eclipses even Reservoir Dogs in evoking a world of infinite seaminess, injustice, and cruelty.”—Stephen Holden, The New York Times. Mature audiences.