Spook Who Sat By the Door
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Sam Greenlee's cult favorite novel of political unrest was brought to the screen in this drama, which also earned a small but loyal following. A congressman hoping to attract African-American voters during an election year decides to make political hay by pointing out that the Central Intelligence Agency has no black agents. Bowing to subsequent public pressure, the CIA admits a number of black applicants to their training program, but they purposefully make the process difficult and unpleasant enough to winnow out nearly all the African-American students. Dan Freeman (Lawrence Cook), a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is such a mixture of passion, humor, hindsight, prophecy, prejudice and reaction that the fact that it's not a very well-made movie, and is seldom convincing as melodrama, is almost beside the point."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"So fiery, smart and entertaining that the lack of finesse hardly matters."
‑ Peter Hanson, Film Threat
"Possibly the most radical of the blaxploitation films of the 70s, this movie was an overnight success when released in 1973, then was abruptly taken out of distribution for reasons still not entirely clear."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"...a document of social revolt that still bristles with a timely, and timeless, impression of righteousness and intelligence."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Unabashedly bigoted, stridently hateful, it wants to be incendiary and controversial, but only manages thuggish and dull."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of the few uncompromised representations of black armed resistance in the United States."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
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