Original Gangstas
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Larry Cohen, who directed a number of interesting and subversive exploitation films in the 1970s and 1980s, including Black Caesar and Hell Up in Harlem, reunited some of the biggest stars of the blaxploitation era for this tough-minded action opus. John Bookman (Fred Williamson) is a successful football coach who was born in Gary, Indiana but now lives in Los Angeles. When Bookman's father is shot, he returns home for the first time in years to discover that Gary has been all but taken over by a number of brutally violent youth gangs. Bookman learns that his father was shot in retaliation… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Original Gangstas leaves you feeling that more could have been made of this 'blaxploitation' reunion, but it's not bad -- and no more and no less substantial than the films of the original cycle."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"The purpose is to entertain, and on that score the film delivers impressively."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Despite its good intentions, Original Gangstas isn't very good."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Where Original Gangstas works is in its understanding that the stars are playing the characters they created 25 years ago as their older selves."
‑ Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon.com
"A top notch B-movie."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
"Think Boyz N the Hood meets The Mod Squad."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Although the leads are intended to be cool and menacing, the result resembles parody; scenes of drugs, guns and fights are likely to make audiences burst out in laughter."
‑ Dwayne E. Leslie, Boxoffice Magazine
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