Original Gangstas
Original Gangstas (1996)

After leaving Gary, Indiana, John Bookman became a famous L.A.-based football coach. Bookman returns to his hometown after gang members brutally murdered his father. One of the founders of the gang, Bookman and the other charter members… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 15, 2001
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

The purpose is to entertain, and on that score the film delivers impressively.

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Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

Despite its good intentions, Original Gangstas isn't very good.

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Mary Elizabeth Williams

Where Original Gangstas works is in its understanding that the stars are playing the characters they created 25 years ago as their older selves.

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Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

A top notch B-movie.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

Think Boyz N the Hood meets The Mod Squad.

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Dwayne E. Leslie
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

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