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In 1971, filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles released his third film, Melvin Van Peebles, 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
Khleo Thomas
as Mario
T.K. Carter
as Bill Cosby
Ossie Davis
as Granddad
Nia Long
as Sandra
Joan Blair
as Brenda
Penny Bae Bridges
as Megan
Terry Crews
as Big T
David Alan Grier
as Clyde Houston
Kate Krystowiak
as Moonbeam
Jazsmin Lewis
as Working Girl
Paul Rodriguez
as Jose Garcia
Saul Rubinek
as Howie
Karimah Westbrook
as Ginney
Rainn Wilson
as Bill Harris
Joy Bryant
as Priscilla
Vincent Schiavelli
as Jerry
Len Lesser
as Manny Goldberg
Len Lesser
as Mort Goldberg
Sally Struthers
as Roz
Adam West
as Bert
Ralph P. Martin
as Tommy David
Robert Peters
as Bob Maxwell
Glenn Plummer
as Angry Brother
Khalil Kain
as Maurice
Pamela Gordon
as Ethel
Wesley Jonathan
as Panther
Joseph Culp
as Attorney
John Singleton
as Detroit J
Mandela Van Peebles
as Angel Muse
E.J. Callahan
as Bartender
Keith Diamond
as Large Brother
Don Dowe
as Officer
Brent Schaffer
as Panther
Mickey Mello
as David
Christopher Michael
as Journalist
Nathan Wetherington
as Jimmy
Paul Roach
as Pimpy Paul
Marley Van Peebles
as Trick or Treater
Maya Van Peebles
as Trick or Treater
Bridget Avildsen
as Trick or Treater
Anthony Rodriguez
as Fernando
Thomas Longo
as Camera Assistant
Robert Yosses
as Script Supervisor
Danny Hebert
as Crew Member
Lester Miller
as Nora
Robert Primes
as Union Thug
Buzzxsassy
as Union Thug
Rey Diogo
as Union Thug
Anthony Rodriguez
as Fernando
Khleo Thomas
as Mario
Ossie Davis
as Granddad
Wesley Jonathan
as Panther
Joy Bryant
as Priscilla
David Alan Grier
as Clyde Houston
Khalil Kain
as Maurice
T.K. Carter
as Bill Cosby
Buzzxsassy
as Union Thug
Joseph Culp
as Attorney
Robert Yosses
as Script Supervisor
Paul Roach
as Pimpy Paul
Joan Blair
as Brenda
Pamela Gordon
as Ethel
Adam West
as Bert
Sally Struthers
as Roz
Rainn Wilson
as Bill Harris
Thomas Longo
as Camera Assistant
Keith Diamond
as Large Brother
Mickey Mello
as David
Kate Krystowiak
as Moonbeam
Robert Peters
as Bob Maxwell
Len Lesser
as Manny Goldberg
Len Lesser
as Mort Goldberg
Maya Van Peebles
as Trick or Treater
Don Dowe
as Officer
Saul Rubinek
as Howie
Mandela Van Peebles
as Angel Muse
Karimah Westbrook
as Ginney
Glenn Plummer
as Angry Brother
Marley Van Peebles
as Trick or Treater
E.J. Callahan
as Bartender
Terry Crews
as Big T
Nia Long
as Sandra
Robert Primes
as Union Thug
Lester Miller
as Nora
Christopher Michael
as Journalist
Nathan Wetherington
as Jimmy
Brent Schaffer
as Panther
Vincent Schiavelli
as Jerry
Penny Bae Bridges
as Megan
Bridget Avildsen
as Trick or Treater
Jazsmin Lewis
as Working Girl
Danny Hebert
as Crew Member
Ralph P. Martin
as Tommy David
Paul Rodriguez
as Jose Garcia
John Singleton
as Detroit J

Crew

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