Date Released : 29 March 1974
Genre : Action, Comedy
Stars : Jim Kelly, Gloria Hendry, Scatman Crothers, Eric Laneuville
Movie Quality : BRrip
Format : MKV
Size : 870 MB
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The Mafia's Don learns that the City is planning a new civic center, and is buying the land where it will be, to make easy money when the city council will buy it. The one piece the Don doesn't have yet, is the old African-American karate school owned by Papa Byrd. Big Tuna, the Mafia Don's right hand man, goes to Pinky, their representative in that area and they tell him that he owes them $250,000 but instead of paying, they want him to get Papa Byrd's school. Pinky tries to muscle the karate master into handing out the property title, but he throws him out. A teacher calls Black Belt Jones, a friend of Papa Byrd, to talk to him about this, but before he does Pinky and his thugs accidentally kills Papa Byrd in a second visit. Before dying in friends' arms, Byrd says that the school belongs to Sydney - whom nobody knows. Black Belt Jones knows that Sydney is Byrd's daughter, whom he hasn't seen since she was a child. Black Belt asks a friend of his who works for the Government, to ...
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Among the most entertaining blaxploitation films ever made, a great blend of action and comedy
"Black Belt Jones" is a mixture of action and comedy thats actually successful in both departments. Not in the "Dolemite" style where its so unfunny and wrong you begin to laugh at it either. The humor in this film is legitimately funny (particularly the moments involving Scatman Crothers early on). Jim Kelly didn't have the personality appeal that Bruce Lee had (his co-star in the classic "Enter the Dragon"), but he manages to carry the film's weight on his shoulders well. Its certainly a much better star vehicle for him that the later "Black Samurai".
The direction by Robert Clouse is similar to his earlier "Enter the Dragon". This means its not anything groundbreaking, but it doesn't have to be. He knows how to stage an action sequence very well and keeps everything moving at a quick pace. Many of the fight sequences here are staged for cheesy laughs and Clouse manages to pull it off. "Black Belt Jones" is among both the most enjoyable blaxploitation and low-budget kung-fu films. It isn't a masterpiece, but where else can you see Scatman Crothers kick some ass? (7/10)