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BAADASSSSS!

Promotional poster
Directed by Mario Van Peebles
Produced by Mario Van Peebles
Written by Mario Van Peebles
Dennis Haggerty
Melvin Van Peebles (Novel)
Starring Mario Van Peebles
David Alan Grier
Nia Long
Rainn Wilson
Terry Crews
Music by Tyler Bates
Cinematography Robert Primes
Editing by Anthony Miller
Nneka Goforth
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Release date(s) May 28, 2004 (2004-05-28)
Running time 108 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Gross revenue $365,727[1]

BAADASSSSS! is a 2003 American biopic, written, produced, directed by, and starring Mario Van Peebles. The film is based on the struggles of Van Peebles' father Melvin Van Peebles (played by Mario himself), as he attempts to film and distribute Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, a film that was widely credited with causing Hollywood to create the blaxploitation genre in order to try to market films to the black audience which it proved existed. The film also stars Joy Bryant, Nia Long, Ossie Davis, Paul Rodriguez, Rainn Wilson, and Terry Crews.

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Synopsis

The film focuses on the social barriers and production problems which Melvin Van Peebles had to overcome, as well as the personal sacrifices he had to make. The film features such events as Melvin's film being rejected by every studio in Hollywood, and his subsequent attempts to raise funding by pretending that he was making a black pornography movie. Melvin's battles with his creditors and unionists are also shown, as is the farcical scene of him having to bail his crew out after a white police officer arrests them when he comes to the conclusion that a group of hippies and black men could not have come by their equipment legally. Van Peebles overcomes these obstacles, and finishes the film through sheer commitment and ruthlessness.

Cast

Various people appear as themselves, including Melvin Van Peebles and Bill Cosby.

Reception

The film received many favorable reviews. It has a 90% rating on rottentomatoes.com

Awards and nominations

2004 Gijón International Film Festival

2004 Philadelphia Film Festival

  • Best Feature Film — Mario Van Peebles (winner)

2005 Black Reel Awards

  • Best Actor, Drama — Mario Van Peebles (nominated)
  • Best Director — Mario Van Pebbles (winner)
  • Best Film, Drama (nominated)
  • Best Screenplay, Original or Adapted — Mario Van Peebles (winner)
  • Best Supporting Actress — Joy Bryant (nominated)

2005 Independent Spirit Awards

  • Best Director — Mario Van Peebles (nominated)
  • Best Feature — Mario Van Peebles (nominated)
  • Best Screenplay — Dennis Haggerty, Mario Van Peebles (nominated)

2005 NAACP Image Awards

  • Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture — Mario Van Peebles (nominated)
  • Outstanding Independent or Foreign Film (nominated)

References

External links


BAADASSSSS!
File:Baadasssss!
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mario Van Peebles
Produced by Mario Van Peebles
Written by Mario Van Peebles
Dennis Haggerty
Melvin Van Peebles (Novel)
Starring Mario Van Peebles
David Alan Grier
Nia Long
Rainn Wilson
Terry Crews
Music by Tyler Bates
Cinematography Robert Primes
Editing by Anthony Miller
Nneka Goforth
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Release date(s) May 28, 2004 (2004-05-28)
Running time 108 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Gross revenue $365,727[1]

BAADASSSSS! is a 2003 American biopic, written, produced, directed by, and starring Mario Van Peebles. The film is based on the struggles of Van Peebles' father Melvin Van Peebles (played by Mario himself), as he attempts to film and distribute Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, a film that was widely credited with causing Hollywood to create the blaxploitation genre in order to try to market films to the black audience which it proved existed. The film also stars Joy Bryant, Nia Long, Ossie Davis, Paul Rodriguez, Rainn Wilson, and Terry Crews.

Contents

Synopsis

The film focuses on the social barriers and production problems which Melvin Van Peebles had to overcome, as well as the personal sacrifices he had to make. The film features such events as Melvin's film being rejected by every studio in Hollywood, and his subsequent attempts to raise funding by pretending that he was making a black pornography movie. Melvin's battles with his creditors and unionists are also shown, as is the farcical scene of him having to bail his crew out after a white police officer arrests them when he comes to the conclusion that a group of hippies and black men could not have come by their equipment legally. Van Peebles overcomes these obstacles, and finishes the film through sheer commitment and ruthlessness.

Cast

Various people appear as themselves, including Melvin Van Peebles and Bill Cosby.

Reception

Critical response

The film received many favorable reviews. It has a 90% rating on rottentomatoes.com

Awards and nominations

2004 Gijón International Film Festival

2004 Philadelphia Film Festival

  • Best Feature Film — Mario Van Peebles (winner)

2005 Black Reel Awards

  • Best Actor, Drama — Mario Van Peebles (nominated)
  • Best Director — Mario Van Pebbles (winner)
  • Best Film, Drama (nominated)
  • Best Screenplay, Original or Adapted — Mario Van Peebles (winner)
  • Best Supporting Actress — Joy Bryant (nominated)

2005 Independent Spirit Awards

  • Best Director — Mario Van Peebles (nominated)
  • Best Feature — Mario Van Peebles (nominated)
  • Best Screenplay — Dennis Haggerty, Mario Van Peebles (nominated)

2005 NAACP Image Awards

  • Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture — Mario Van Peebles (nominated)
  • Outstanding Independent or Foreign Film (nominated)

References

External links








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