Tuesday, December 7, 2010
JIVE TURKEY (1974)
A fairly decent blaxploitation movie that I had actually never heard of until recently. It stars a bunch of people that I also have never heard of. This one is supposed to be set in the 50's but it seems to have a much more 70's vibe to it with its awesome funky soundtrack, prominent sideburns and also the fact that you can spot a few 70's-era cars here and there. It also seems to have been much more influenced by THE GODFATHER than any pimp movies of the time. The story is about a black "godfather" type name Pasha who is trying to keep control of his empire and has to deal with the Italian Mafia, dirty cops and slimy politicians. It's not great but it does have some entertainingly weird elements like Pasha's main enforcer who is a tall killer tranny henchman/henchwoman who likes to beat people into a bloody mess with her/his high-heels plus there's this one song titled "Nigger Rich" that they play while counting money that's pretty hard to get out of your head which could be a bad thing. The couple of gore scenes were also something that I didn't really expect from a movie like this so that was cool. This was supposedly re-released under the amazing title GET NIGGER RICH ON NUMBER 666 but I don't think you're ever going to see that DVD in Best Buys. Not the best of its genre as the middle section seems to drag for a while but check it out if you dig blaxploitation flicks at all.