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Coonskin (1975)

Rabbit, a country-born trickster, takes over the organized crime racket in Harlem, facing opposition from the institutionalized racism of the Mafia and corrupt police.

Director:

Ralph Bakshi

Writer:

Ralph Bakshi
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Cast

Cast overview:
Barry White ... Samson / Brother Bear (voice)
Charles Gordone Charles Gordone ... Preacherman / Preacher Fox (voice)
Scatman Crothers ... Pappy / Old Man Bone (voice) (as Scat Man Crothers)
Philip Michael Thomas ... Randy / Brother Rabbit (voice) (as Philip Thomas)
Danny Rees Danny Rees ... Clown (voice)
Buddy Douglas Buddy Douglas ... Referee (voice)
Jim Moore Jim Moore ... Mime (voice)
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Storyline

A multi-layered satire of race relations in America. Live-action sequences of a prison break bracket the animated story of Brother Rabbit, Brother Bear, and Preacher Fox, who rise to the top of the crime ranks in Harlem by going up against a con-man, a racist cop, and the Mafia. Written by Alan Smithee, Sr.

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Ralph Bakshi.com

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coonskin No More... See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In researching this film, director Ralph Bakshi went into Harlem with a tape recorder and asked various people "What's it like being black in America?" See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man in Blue: Fuck you.
Man in Yellow: Alright, I'm gonna give some example: I heard that 350 white folks committed suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. And out of the 350, there was two that was niggers.
Man in Blue: And one of them was pushed.
Man in Yellow: [laughs]
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Alternate Versions

There are two different versions of Coonskin in circulation: a 99 minute version released on tape in Holland, and the far more common 83 minute version (just released on video in the UK by MIA). The latter, despite running 16 minutes shorter, actually includes more than 7 minutes of footage (including a precredits sequence) not in the longer edition. See more »

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Soundtracks

Ah'm A Nigger Man
Lyrics by Ralph Bakshi
Music by Scatman Crothers
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Fantastic examination of Racist Stereotyping
6 December 2000 | by Le SamouraiSee all my reviews

One of the most interesting movies to be classified as "blaxploitation," Bakshi's "Coonskin" is a rich text full of wonderful insight. He wrote it in collaboration with Scat Man Crothers and Barry White, who appear in the film as well. The racist imagery can often be disturbing, but the message of the movie was so powerful that the NAACP gave it an endorsement (but only grudgingly).

I highly recommend this movie to anyone who is interested in an examination of the pervading atmosphere of racism that Bakshi attempts to deconstruct. Wonderful stuff.


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