Baadasssss! (10th Anniversary) R

A Father - A Son - A Revolution
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 48 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: June 10, 2014
  • Originally Released: 2003
  • Label: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh91%

Total Count: 109


User Ratings: 4,960
A loving, even moving, homage to a man whose influence still reverberates today. Full Review
Film Journal International
Mar 1, 2007
It's an exhausting, and exhaustingly pleasurable, entertainment.
New Yorker
Aug 1, 2004
Rating: 3/5 -- [An] enjoyable docu-romp... Sadly, there's neither enough first-hand evidence from Van Peebles Sr. himself nor sufficient social historical perspective for Baadasssss to make the leap from being a good documentary to a great one. Full Review
The List
Apr 24, 2019
Mario Van Peebles has done his parent proud and in the process has made his most accomplished film to date....Terrific fun.
Los Angeles Times
May 28, 2004
Rating: 3/5 -- Audiences unfamiliar with "Sweetback'' can enjoy and understand the story chronicled in "Baadasssss!,'' but the experience is infinitely richer if you have seen the film that inspired it. Full Review
Hartford Courant
Jan 2, 2018
The story itself is remarkable and Mario presents it with a vivid and textured mix of dramatic interpretation and documentary material...
Sight and Sound
Jun 1, 2005
Rating: 2.5/5 -- A reminder that good intentions don't always make for good movies.
Arizona Republic
Jun 24, 2004

Product Description:

In the spirit of his legendary father Melvin, Mario Van Peebles directs BAADASSSSS!, a docudrama about the making of the notorious SWEET SWEETBACK'S BAADASSSSS SONG. In 1971, when he was on the verge of becoming one of the first major black Hollywood directors, Melvin opted to take a risk, go against audience expectations, and shoot a controversial film instead. He wound up making one of the first truly "independent" motion pictures. Mario's faux documentary revisits this time and place, charting the tumultuous journey of that film's production. Stepping into the tight jeans, boots, and moustache of his father, Mario is joined by Ossie Davis, Saul Rubinek, Paul Rodriguez, Rainn Wilson, and Khleo Thomas--who plays the adolescent Mario. After an incredibly taxing production in which members of the crew were arrested and a desperate Melvin had to borrow money from Bill Cosby (T.K. Carter), he was forced to distribute the film on his own, opening it on one screen in Detroit. A lackluster matinee had him worried, but by that night, the line outside the theater was around the block and a sensation had begun. Mario's reverence both for his father, and for the material, shines through in every moment of BAADASSSSS!, resulting in a film that is as much a celebration of family as it is an ode to the craft of cinema itself.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: MAY 28, 2004 (LIMITED)
Mill Creek Entertainment
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  • Sales Rank: 2,373
  • UPC: 683904533531
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