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The Spook Who Sat By The Door - 30 years later.
January 20, 2004 2:39 PM   Subscribe

The Spook Who Sat By The Door, a movie pitched and marketed as blaxploitation, was a low budget political science fiction thriller about black revolution in urban black America based upon the novel written by Sam Greenlee. It was withdrawn two weeks after its release in 1973, ostensibly at the behest of the FBI. Some remember it fondly, while others revile it in recollection. Thirty-one years later, it has been released on DVD. Sam Greenlee's an interesting man--another book of his, Baghdad Blues, is evidently an autobiographical novel based upon his first hand experience of the 1958 Baath coup in Iraq. Side notes: Researching this post led me to the intriguing Chicken Bones. And here is Elvis Mitchell's take on The Marginalization of Black Action Films.
posted by y2karl (6 comments total)

 
black revolution in urban black America

What What?? Me Me redundant redundant?? D'oh D'oh!!
posted by y2karl at 2:55 PM on January 20, 2004


Aargh— someone tell NetFlix to get a copy. Thanks for the post.
posted by yerfatma at 3:22 PM on January 20, 2004


This is great. I'd love to see the movie. Thanks for the post.
posted by languagehat at 5:09 PM on January 20, 2004


Yes - thanks for the post - now - where to find it! Certainly it will not be on the shelves at say...Blockbuster ;-)

SUN
posted by RubberHen at 5:15 PM on January 20, 2004


I remember seeing this many years ago. Ideas that were revolutionary then. I wonder how well it will stand up now. Thanks for the links.
posted by theora55 at 6:17 PM on January 20, 2004


where to find it!

All good DVD stores, come January 27th.
posted by inpHilltr8r at 6:46 PM on January 20, 2004


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