Original Gangstas
Original Gangstas (1996)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 10, 1996
DVD 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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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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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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Anne Billson
Daily Telegraph (UK)

This is solid action fare with saggy bits, but there's enough ass-kicking, Molotov cocktail-throwing and gunfire to keep their erstwhile fans amused, and the screenplay cleverly knits the old traditions of Shaft together with Boyz 'n' the Hood.

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Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

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

Susan Stark
Detroit News

Think Boyz N the Hood meets The Mod Squad.

Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

A top notch B-movie.

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