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Drop Squad (1994)

R | | Drama | 28 October 1994 (USA)
Political satire about an underground militant group that kidnaps African-Americans who have sold out their race. The story follows as the group led Curtis-Hall and Rhames kidnaps an ... See full summary »

Director:

David C. Johnson (as D. Clark Johnson)

Writers:

David Taylor (story), David C. Johnson (screen story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eriq La Salle ... Bruford Jamison Jr
Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Rocky Seavers
Ving Rhames ... Garvey
Kasi Lemmons ... June Vanderpool
Leonard L. Thomas ... XB
Nicole Powell Nicole Powell ... Lenora Jamison
Eric Payne ... Stokely
Crystal Fox ... Zora (as Crystal R. Fox)
Vanessa Williams ... Mali
Michael Ralph ... Trevor
Billy 'Sly' Williams ... Huey
Kim Hawthorne ... Harriet (as Kimberly Hawthorne)
Afemo Omilami ... Berl (Flip) Mangum
Paula Kelly ... Aunt Tilly
Charles Brown Charles Brown ... Uncle Otha
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Political satire about an underground militant group that kidnaps African-Americans who have sold out their race. The story follows as the group led Curtis-Hall and Rhames kidnaps an advertising executive (La Salle) who has been providing advertising programs that belittles blacks and women. One advertisement features Spike Lee endorsing Gospelpak Fried Chicken which comes in a bucket with the Confederate flag draped all over it. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Come back, brother. See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escuadrón de secuestros See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$348,192, 30 October 1994

Gross USA:

$734,693

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$734,693
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A Very Important Movie
11 June 2008 | by ebolaisafraidSee all my reviews

As a proud White American I must say that this movie is a powerful structure that requires a tremendous amount of understanding for another culture while swallowing a little pride of my own.

For those who think this movie is racist only proves that more movies like this one need to be made. You can't tell a race of people to just move forward if they are not sure where they come from. You can't just say, "Slavery is over! Now go out and be successful," without understanding the conditioning slavery left behind. Economically and internally. Not to mention when African Americans try to reconnect with their past they are constantly bombarded by some of the same Whites who at times, seem a little bit too concerned with keeping this connection at bay, as if it were a threat of some sort. Meanwhile our toddlers are at school learning about their distant past great leaders like Caesar. Thus, encouraging them to be great leaders. While the black toddlers are learning about slavery and their minor, more modern American accomplishments like the creation of peanut butter or the civil rights movement, making their steps of stride smaller, surviving from day to day, check to check, with hopes of purchasing an apartment or a car as a major accomplishment.

Why are we afraid for African Americans to learn they're history? Is it because there were some Black leaders greater than Whites. Is it because most of our history might be tainted with a lot of lies and cover up? If we Whites really want to be Equal (and not just announce it all the time) then we will encourage more Blacks to become one with their distant past. And if it puts some of Europeans most powerful parts in history to the background then so what? We didn't have a problem when we where in the forefront, so why would it matter now if we're in the background? If we truly aren't racist, it shouldn't matter at all. One thing Hollywood and our school system shows us is that Europeans have done great things. But not all great things. And maybe, not even the greatest. But that in itself proposes a powerful question. What if Africans have done greater things, would we be willing to accept that? The truth is, we all know we won't. Does the psychological scar of racism really cuts that deep?


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