The Spook Who Sat by the Door
The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)

Based on a novel by Sam Greenlee, The Spook Who Sat by the Door chronicles the exploits of a CIA agent, the only black man in the agency. Tired of being treated as a human showcase for affirmative action, he quits and heads for the inner… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 21, 1973
DVD Release Date: January 27, 2004
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Peter Hanson
Film Threat

So fiery, smart and entertaining that the lack of finesse hardly matters.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Cole Smithey

...a document of social revolt that still bristles with a timely, and timeless, impression of righteousness and intelligence.

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TV Guide

Unabashedly bigoted, stridently hateful, it wants to be incendiary and controversial, but only manages thuggish and dull.

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Cynthia Fuchs

One of the few uncompromised representations of black armed resistance in the United States.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
One of the most radical blaxsplotation films I've ever seen.
Cassandra Maples
I took the message of self determination and exploiting the exploitative system to take skills and knowledge back to ones own community. Inspiring. Using… More
Daniel Hetteix
A difficult film, both for someone to make in the 70's, and for a modern audience to swallow, but both Film and Novel take their subject matter seriously.… More