|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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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."
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
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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