Space Is The Place
Space Is The Place (1974)

Imbued with New Age philosophy, this sci-fi fantasy stars jazzman/prophet Sun Ra who plays a voyager who returns from deep space to bring all black people to freedom by making them intergalactic travellers too.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 28, 2003
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71%
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78%


Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Phil Gallo
Variety

It's standard blaxploitation settings and elements -- crime fighters and criminals, pimps and hookers, a pool hall and a brothel -- but the presence of the Outer Space Employment Agency makes it extraordinary.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

There could have been more music, but this version of Space Is the Place is 20 minutes longer than the one issued in the early '90s on VHS and includes home movie footage of Sun Ra's 1972 Egyptian concert in the shadow of the pyramids.

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Jon Pareles
New York Times

Space Is the Place has more than a few hokey moments, but it also illuminates Ra's work. For him, outer space wasn't just a gimmick or a convenient source of song titles. It was a zone where racism was inoperative.

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Lynne D. Johnson
PopMatters

Not that it's a bad film, but perhaps only true Sun Ra devotees, and those hoping to learn more about the artist would only really appreciate it.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Its lighthearted surrealist high jinks, dressed up with SF trappings and black-power rhetoric, make for pleasant enough viewing, but the music seems strictly incidental.

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Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Space is the Place has the requisite style and sexuality of blaxploitation cinema, and spares the violence and generic title score.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
AJ Verser
An interesting "black power", psychedelic, funky, space movie. I didn't know what to think of it.
Cassandra Maples
A true underground classic. Witness: not-of-this-earth music, the funky righteousness of Ra, cinematic excellence and be prepared to alter your destiny.… More