Saturday, February 24, 2018

Soul Patrol (1976)

Original title: Death of a Snowman

Director: Christopher Rowley

Writer: Bima Stagg

Composers: Trevor Rabin, Fransua Roos, Robert Schroeder, Patric van Blerk

Starring: Nigel Davenport, Ken Gampu, Peter Dyneley, Bima Stagg, Madala Mphahlele, Morrison Gampu, Joe Lopes, Hal Orlandini, Steve Cohen, Stuart Brown

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Rougher & Tougher Than Anything You Have Seen Before

Plot: A white cop and a black reporter join forces to investigate apparent vigilante killings in the South African underworld.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

I really wish the print I saw were better.  It was rough, dirty and dark (there's a joke there somewhere I think), the sound was rough which all made it difficult to watch.  I'm a huge fan of Davenport so there's that.  I also watched this because it's the only South African Blaxploitation picture I know of.  I hope there's more and that they're better than this.  It's OK.  The story is interesting enough and there's more to it than your typical Blaxploitation picture.  The performances are fine and what I could see of the action looked alright.  I'm almost certain I would've liked it more had I seen a good looking widescreen print (hell, I would've settled for a good looking fullscreen one).  The above trailer is in much better shape than what I saw.  Geez.  It's at least got a nice, bleak ending. 

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