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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 84m 16s

Release date 13/08/2010

BBFCInsight Contains strong language, sex, nudity and comic violence

Genre(s) Action, Comedy, Crime

Director(s) Scott Sanders

Cast includes Michael Jai White, Arsenio Hall, Tommy Davidson, Kevin Chapman, Obba Babatundé, Richard Edson, Darrel Heath

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 03/08/2010

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

BLACK DYNAMITE is a comedy spoof of 1970s 'blaxploitation' films in which an African-American Kung-Fu specialist vows to avenge the murder of his brother by tracking down those responsible for flooding the ghettos with heroin.


There is frequent use of strong language ('f**k').


Actual sexual activity is generally implied rather than depicted. However, a sequence of moving graphics showing signs of the zodiac as energetically copulating couples, in silhouette form, in a range of different sexual positions.


There are several shots of topless women making sexual movements and noises, as well as sight of topless women in bed. Flaccid penis nudity is also seen at the culmination of an extended joke about adulterated whiskey being part of a dastardly plot to make black men's penises shrink. This penis nudity has no direct sexual context and almost certainly involves prosthetics.


Comic violence appears throughout the film as the central character fights the forces of evil. These fights often take the form of parodied martial arts battles, featuring unclear blows with obviously overdubbed sound effects of bones snapping and crunching. Gun battles are usually undetailed, with patches of blood showing on clothes and occasional blood squirts. Stronger moments include an eye gouging, a man's head on fire and a decapitation. However, the special effects are deliberately crude and unconvincing and the scenes in question are comic and excessive.

In addition, the film contains some moderate sex references, such as Dynamite flirting very suggestively with a nurse, the sound of a fly being unzipped, and a man boasting 'I got more measure for your pleasure'.

There are some references to 'smack' and brief sight of bags of white powder, plus a brief scene showing small orphans exhibiting signs of addiction. However, the references to drugs are always critical, emphasising the negative effects of drug misuse. There is no sight of actual drug use other than fleeting sight of a pimp rubbing something on his gums.

The film also includes use of racist and racial terms. There are several uses of the word 'nigger', used exclusively between black people in the style of 70s exploitation films, as well as a comic scene in which a racist white drug dealer foolishly goads the central character and his friends, saying 'Up yours, coon' and muttering 'niggers' after he's given a truth drug injection. However, this is clearly a parody of discriminatory attitudes of the time, the man is obviously a villain, and the work as a whole does not endorse discriminatory language or behaviour.


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