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The Spook Who Sat by the Door Details

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Sam Greenlee's cult favorite novel of political unrest was brought to the screen in this drama, which also earned a small but loyal following. A congressman hoping to attract African-American voters during an election year decides to make political hay by pointing out that the Central Intelligence Agency has no black agents. Bowing to subsequent public pressure, the CIA admits a number of black applicants to their training program, but they purposefully make the process difficult and unpleasant enough to winnow out nearly all the African-American students. Dan Freeman (Lawrence Cook), a strong, intelligent but soft-spoken man, somehow makes it through the gauntlet to become the black CIA agent; however, rather than being given important field assignments, Freeman is put in charge of the agency's copying machines and gives tours of their facilities to give the offices a progressive front for visitors. After a few years, Freeman leaves the agency to move back to his hometown of Chicago and do work with the community...at least that's what he tells his superiors. In fact, Freeman has used his time at the CIA collecting information on how to launch a political revolution, and not long after he arrives in the Windy City, he begins recruiting an army of leftist radicals and black nationalists fed up with the system. With their help, Freeman launches the first stage of an armed revolt with the stated goal of bringing the white-dominated power structure to its knees. The Spook Who Sat by the Door was a rare feature directorial assignment for Ivan Dixon, best known as an actor (he played Sgt. "Kinch" Kinchloe on Ivan Dixon), Dixon has an extensive resume of directorial credits, but primarily in episodic television. Spook is his second theatrical release. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 21, 1973

Cast

Johnny Johnston
Larry Lawrence
Lenard Norris
Cora Williams
Larry Cook
as Dan Freeman
Don Blakely
as Stud Davis
Beverly Gill
as Willa
Joe Mascolo
as Senator
Johnny Williams
as Waiter
Paula Kelly
as Dahomey Queen
Janet League
as Joy
J.A. Preston
as Dawson
Paul Butler
as Do-Daddy Dean
Jack Aaron
as Carstairs
Byron Morrow
as General
Kathy Berk
as Doris
Colostine Boatwright
as Dancer
Sidney Eden
as Inspector
Robert Franklia
Martin Golar
as Perkins
Don Greenlee
Jim Heard
Virgie Johnson
David Lemieux
as Pretty Willie
Frank Lesley
as Commentator
Walter Lowe
Clinton Malcome
Rodney McGrader
Audrey Stevenson
as Mrs. Duncan
Orlanders Thomas
Perry Thomas
Maurice Wicks
Paul Butler
as Do-Daddy Dean
Byron Morrow
as General
Larry Cook
as Dan Freeman
Audrey Stevenson
as Mrs. Duncan
Johnny Williams
as Waiter
Colostine Boatwright
as Dancer
Martin Golar
as Perkins
Don Blakely
as Stud Davis
J.A. Preston
as Dawson
Jack Aaron
as Carstairs
Beverly Gill
as Willa
Frank Lesley
as Commentator
Janet League
as Joy
Sidney Eden
as Inspector
David Lemieux
as Pretty Willie
Kathy Berk
as Doris
Paula Kelly
as Dahomey Queen
Joe Mascolo
as Senator

Crew

Ivan Dixon
Director
Ivan Dixon
Producer
Sam Greenlee
Producer
Sam Greenlee
Screenwriter
Sam Greenlee
Book Author
Melvin Clay
Screenwriter
Michel Hugo
Cinematographer
Herbie Hancock
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Kahn
Editor
Leslie Thomas
Art Director
Cheryal Kearney
Set Designer
Henry Salley
Costume Designer
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