Baadasssss! (How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass)
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Stars: Mario Van Peebles, Joy Bryant, T.K. Carter, Terry Crews, Ossie Davis, David Alan Grier, Nia Long, Paul Rodriguez, Saul Rubinek, Vincent Schiavelli
Director: Mario Van Peebles
Writer: Melvin Van Peebles, Mario Van Peebles, Dennis Haggerty
Language: English
Studio: Sony Pictures
Duration: 108
Rated: R
DVD Release: September 2004

Critics and audiences alike have gotten behind Mario Van Peebles' candid portrait of his father Melvin's struggle as a young, black director during the socially-shifting early '70s.

Determined to make a film that matters, Melvin (played by son Mario) deals with two-faced backers, a rag tag crew, threatening creditors and various shades of Hollywood hypocrisy. Obsessed with and everything on the line, including his failing eyesight and family, his only choice is to stick to his guns and do whatever it takes to get his neo-blaxploitation epic Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song to the audience for which it was envisioned

The real-life father and son dynamic brings an intimacy to this inspiring and often hilarious tribute to the father of black cinema. the result is a seamless layering of entertaining drama and poignant documentary that mirrors itself from every angle and never loses its edge.

Mario Van PeeblesMelvin Van Peebles
Joy BryantPriscilla
T.K. CarterBill Cosby
Terry CrewsBig T
Ossie DavisGranddad
David Alan GrierClyde Houston
Nia LongSandra
Paul RodriguezJose Garcia
Saul RubinekHoward 'Howie' Kaufman
Vincent SchiavelliJerry
Khleo ThomasMario
Rainn WilsonBill Harris
Karimah WestbrookGinnie
Len LesserManny & Mort Goldberg
Sally StruthersRoz
Jazsmin LewisWorking Girl
Adam WestBert
Ralph MartinTommy David
Robert PetersBob Maxwell
Glenn PlummerAngry Brother
Khalil KainMaurice
Pamela GordonEthel
Wesley JonathanPanther
Joseph CulpAttorney
John SingletonDetroit J
Joan M. BlairBrenda (as Joan Blair)
Penny Bae BridgesMegan
Mandela Van PeeblesAngel Muse
E.J. CallahanBartender
Keith DiamondLarge Brother
Don DoweOfficer
Brian 'Skinny B.' LewisPanther
Mickey MelloDavid
Christopher MichaelBlack Journalist
Tyrone M. MitchellMan
Alan James MorganJosh
David Alan SmithBrewster
Nathan WetheringtonJimmy
Robin WilsonExcited Lady
Paul RoachPimpy Paul
Marley Van PeeblesTrick or Treater
Maya Van PeeblesTrick or Treater
Bridget AvildsenTrick or Treater
Craig JonesTrick or Treater
Kate KrystowiakMoonbeam
Anthony RodriguezFernando
Thomas Longocamera assistant
Robert YossesScript Supervisor
Danny HebertCrew Member
Michele HillBiker Girl
Les MillerNora
Bob PrimesUnion Thug
BuzzxsassyUnion Thug
Rey RiogoUnion Thug
Megan Van PeeblesHerself (also archive footage)
Tyler BatesComposer
Robert PrimesCinematographer
Nneka GoforthEditor
Anthony MillerEditor
Ralph P. MartinTommy David (as Ralph Martin)
Joan BlairBrenda
Brent SchaefferPanther
Genre: Biography
Media: DVD
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
IMDb: 0367790