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In 1971, filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles released his third film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, which he wrote, directed, and scored. Despite boasting an all-black cast, an X rating, a low budget, and a decidedly non-Hollywood approach to moviemaking, the ground-breaking independent film went on to gross over ten million dollars while inspiring countless other films of the genre that would come to be called blaxploitation. Mario Van Peebles, the director's son, was 13 at the time and got his first taste of show business with a small role in the film. Over three decades later, the younger Van Peebles directed and co-wrote this film, in which he stars as his father. BAADASSSSS! chronicles the director's struggles to get the film made by highlighting the social roadblocks and production pitfalls Van Peebles faced, as well as the personal sacrifices he was forced to make. Also starring T.K. Carter, Ossie Davis, and Nia Long, BAADASSSSS! premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

  • Release date:September 7, 2003

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Mario Van Peebles Best Director 2004 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Mario Van Peebles Best Screenplay 2004 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Dennis Haggerty Best Screenplay 2004 Nominee

Cast

Mario Van Peebles
as Melvin Van Peebles
David Alan Grier
as Clyde Houston
Penny Bae Bridges
as Megan
Joseph Culp
as Attorney
Len Lesser
as Mort Goldberg
Paul Roach
as Pimpy Paul
Jazsmin Lewis
as Working Girl
Len Lesser
as Manny Goldberg
Pamela Gordon
as Ethel
John Singleton
as Detroit J
Rainn Wilson
as Bill Harris
Anthony Rodriguez
as Fernando
Glenn Plummer
as Angry Brother
Karimah Westbrook
as Ginney
Mandela Van Peebles
as Angel Muse
Robert Primes
as Union Thug
Ossie Davis
as Granddad
Robert Peters
as Bob Maxwell
Brent Schaffer
as Panther
Joy Bryant
as Priscilla
Lester Miller
as Nora
Rey Diogo
as Union Thug
Nia Long
as Sandra
Adam West
as Bert
Ralph P. Martin
as Tommy David
Khleo Thomas
as Mario
Nathan Wetherington
as Jimmy
Wesley Jonathan
as Panther
Vincent Schiavelli
as Jerry
Joan Blair
as Brenda
Don Dowe
as Officer
Khalil Kain
as Maurice
Mickey Mello
as David
Thomas Longo
as Camera Assistant
Saul Rubinek
as Howie
E.J. Callahan
as Bartender
Danny Hebert
as Crew Member
Keith Diamond
as Large Brother
Maya Van Peebles
as Trick or Treater
Terry Crews
as Big T
Sally Struthers
as Roz
Christopher Michael
as Journalist
Buzzxsassy
as Union Thug
Kate Krystowiak
as Moonbeam
Marley Van Peebles
as Trick or Treater
Robert Yosses
as Script Supervisor
Paul Rodriguez
as Jose Garcia
T.K. Carter
as Bill Cosby
Bridget Avildsen
as Trick or Treater

Crew

Mario Van Peebles
Director
Mario Van Peebles
Producer
Tobie Haggerty
Producer
Dennis Haggerty
Screenwriter
Mario Van Peebles
Screenwriter
Melvin Van Peebles
Book Author
Michael O'Connor
Cinematographer
Robert Primes
Cinematographer
G. Marq Roswell
Musical Direction/Supervision
Tyler Bates
Composer (Music Score)
Adam Swart
Musical Direction/Supervision
Garth Trinidad
Musical Direction/Supervision
Anthony Miller
Editor
Nneka Goforth
Editor
Alan Muraoka
Production Designer
Jorge Gonzalez Borrelli
Art Director
G. Marq Roswell
Co-producer
Dennis Haggerty
Co-producer
Tal Vigderson
Co-producer
Tobie Haggerty
Executive Producer
Michael Mann
Executive Producer
Jerry Offsay
Executive Producer
Galit Reuben
Set Designer
Kara Saun
Costume Designer
David Parker
Sound/Sound Designer
Brian Slack
Sound/Sound Designer
Ian Dodd
Camera Operator
David Parker
Sound Mixer
Anya Colloff
Casting
Amy McIntyre-Britt
Casting
Michael Stahlberg
First Assistant Editor
Lester Miller
Personal Assistant
Jeff Millcheck
Production Assistant
Rachel Dickson
Second Assistant Director
Mark Starr
Assistant Hair
Mark Starr
Assistant Makeup
Rex Dominguez
Production Assistant
Tanya Sanchez
Costumes Supervisor
Michael Keeping
Foley Artist
Keana McGee
Assistant Production Coordinator
Jason Schmid
Re-Recording Mixer
Roni Spitzer
Buyer
Dale Franz
Script Supervisor
Brian Slack
Re-Recording Mixer
Meica Kelly
Production Assistant
Dana Macduff
Properties Master
Kevin Dreher
Production Assistant
Gary Ushino
First Assistant Camera
Anjoli Rountree
Production Assistant
Mimi Gillies
Production Coordinator
Alessandro Gianni
Assistant Hair
Alessandro Gianni
Assistant Makeup
Tamu Blackwell
Second Second Assistant Director
Ann Rosencrans
Electrician
Laura Cataldo
Casting Assistant
Robert Getty
Dialogue Editor
William Coit
Location Manager
Dave Kustin
Assistant Sound Editor
Bob Hummel
Assistant Properties
Craig Jurkiewicz
Sound Effects Editor
Derrick Cloud
Boom Operator
Freeman Hardin
Electrician
Tobie Haggerty
Co-Executive Producer
Gregory Pacificar
Production Assistant
Kokeeta Douglas
Hair Styles
Kokeeta Douglas
Makeup
Jena English
Research
Paul Gibilisco
Second Assistant Camera
Erick Anderson
Costumes Assistant
Skip Mobley
Second Assistant Camera
Dan Kneece
Steadicam Operator
Hennie Britton
Foley Recordist
Kanchan Kurichh
Production Assistant
Omari Thomas
Electrician
Bobbie Nanfito
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Denise Ruiz
Assistant Hair
Denise Ruiz
Assistant Makeup
Marty Boger
Grip
Nathan Novero
First Assistant Editor
Jaime Mejia
Production Assistant
Ryan Kriss
Swing Gang
Benjamin Cook
Supervising Sound Editor
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