Monday, February 21, 2011
BLACK STREETFIGHTER (1974)
This movie has nothing to do with Sonny Chiba but it's still a decent time-wasting, typically 70's, blaxploitation flick. Every white guy is either a mobster or a corrupt cop or just your average racist asshole and every black guy is treated like garbage and used for one purpose or another so with all the build up it's pretty sweet by the time we get to see a little payback to "the man". The plot is a simple one about our hero, Leroy Fisk, who becomes an illegal bare-knuckles streetfightin' man to try and make something of himself. Well needless to say, with all the mob connections and a dirty cop named Heineken, played by Dabney Coleman, on the take, this doesn't turn out to be the easiest way of getting rich. Philip Michael Thomas who went on to be the black guy in MIAMI VICE shows up as two different ridiculous characters(a wino and a pimp). While this is obviously a super low-budget film and the music is pretty lame I still enjoyed it for the cheap-ass ROCKY feel it had to it and that musta been a hard movie to rip-off since it hadn't been made yet. Plus it has a strange sorta hopelessly insane ending which was neat. It's more probable that they were ripping off the Charles Bronson flick HARD TIMES which has a kinda similar streetfighter plot and even features Hard Boiled Haggerty who also show up here. A.K.A. BLACK FIST and BOGARD(who the hell is Bogard? There's no one in this movie with that name that I saw).