MOVIE REVIEW: The Final Comedown 1972
Johnny Johnson (Billy Dee Williams) has had it with "da man"!!!! A college graduate, Johnny is turned down for jobs he's qualified for and constantly harassed by the "pigs". Against the wishes of his god-fearing mother, he plans to stage a riot with help from his friends from the hood and several liberal White kids. Early on during the riot, Johnny is critically wounded. The gang must continue without their leader's help and the race is on to find a doctor to help him. Will Johnny achieve his mission of becoming Harlem's answer to Huey Newton or will he be just another dead martyr? No more spoilers from me y'all!
Woohoo, best dollar I ever spent! I found this film at the register of my local Walmart for $1! My description was brief because if I told you any more, I'd give away too many of the interesting parts. A moustache-less Billy Dee gave a convincing performance of a young man who is fed up with racism. This was certainly a departure from his usual sexy man roles such as Louis McKay in Lady Sings The Blues. D'urville Martin, a Blaxplotation vet is awesome as Billy Dee's right-hand man. The message of this film was very heavy-handed, it tried a little too hard to drive the point home. I know racism was much more apparent in the 70's but this movie doesn't make me feel the events that took place were justified. With that aside, this was still a great little hidden gem of a film and a time capsule of the sentiment of the 70's from the Black perspective. The film score was awesome, I am currently hunting down a copy of it. Contains scores of violence and strong language. Next time you are stocking up on Ajax and toilet paper, check out Walmart's dollar film section, you may discover a treasure of your own.
VERDICT: 3 Soul Claps
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