Directed by Jules Dassin • 1968 • United States
Starring Julian Mayfield, Ruby Dee
In the wake of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, a band of black activists in Cleveland begin arming themselves for revolution. But when the unstable Tank (Julian Mayfield), increasingly uncomfortable with the group’s militaristic direction, betrays his friends to the police, he finds himself on the run through the perilous underground. Set to a propulsive soundtrack by soul-funk legends Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Jules Dassin’s blistering vision of black resistance is one of the most unapologetically radical films to emerge from a Hollywood studio in the 1960s, a still-potent time capsule of a decisive moment in the evolution of the Black Power movement.