J.D.'s Revenge (1976) from Tuna

J.D.'s Revenge is the latest in the MGM Soul Cinema series, but is not a typical detective/mobster actioner. Rather, it is an action /horror/thriller. A quiet black law student/taxi driver in 1970's New Orleans becomes possessed by a 1940's mobster named J. D. Walker, who is out to revenge the murder of himself and his sister. 


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DVD info from Amazon.

  • Widescreen anamorphic, 1.85:1, and a full screen version

  • no meaningful features

Moving in and out of his own personality, He becomes a Jekyll and Hyde character who beats and rapes his girlfriend, Joan Pringle, cuts several people with a razor, and finally exacts his revenge. In the process, he beds Pringle, Alice Jubert and Barbara Tasker. All three women show breasts. There are also breasts from anonymous strippers.

The highlight of this film was the portrayal by Glynn Turman of the law student and the J.D. personality. He separated the two well enough that you never had a doubt as to which he was at any given time. A young Louis Gossett also appeared as a preacher.

It is apparent that the film was made pre woman's movement, and pre political correctness. Not only is there a rape scene, but after Turman  hits his girlfriend for the first time, his best friend tells him that women need, and actually like that, "You have to go into your nigger act once in a while."   

The Critics Vote

  • Maltin 2/4

The People Vote ...

  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters score it 5.6 
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a C-. Most of the performances were not the greatest, and the script could have been much tighter, but it is entertaining on some levels, and has bad movie appeal. 

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