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  • Film debut of Mario Van Peebles.
  • Dedicated to "Brothers and sisters who have had enough of the Man."
  • Melvin Van Peebles contracted gonorrhea from one of the actresses during filming of one of the sex scenes in the movie. He applied for compensation from the Directors Guild because he "got hurt on the job" and used the money to buy more film.
  • Considered the first "blaxploitation" movie. It preceded Shaft (1971) by a few months.
  • No Hollywood studio would back this movie with a majority-black cast, so actor/writer/director Melvin Van Peebles financed it himself, aided by a $50,000 loan from Bill Cosby. It became a hit, earning $15 million.
  • Though it only earned $4 million, it was the top-grossing independent movie of 1972.
  • This was one of Earth, Wind, and Fire's early work. Melvin Van Peebles paid them with a check that later bounced. To this day, the band has still not been paid for their contribution to the film.
  • Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
  • Black Panther Party co-founder & Minister of Defense Huey P. Newton wrote an extensive revolutionary analysis of the film & decreed it "required viewing" by all active Panther members.
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