Black Gunn

Black Gunn is a 1972 Neo-noir blaxploitation film starring Jim Brown and Martin Landau and directed by Robert Hartford-Davis.[2]

Black Gunn
Directed byRobert Hartford-Davis
Produced byJon Heyman
Norman Priggen
Screenplay byFranklin Coen
Robert Shearer (original screenplay)
Story byRobert Hartford-Davis (original story)
StarringJim Brown
Martin Landau
Bernie Casey
Herbert Jefferson Jr.
Music byTony Osborne
CinematographyRichard H. Kline
Edited byPat Somerset
Champion Production Company
World Arts Media
World Film Services
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • November 20, 1972 (1972-11-20)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,015,000 (US/ Canada rentals)[1]


In Los Angeles, a nighttime robbery of an illegal mafia bookmaking operation is carried out by the militant African-American organization BAG (Black Action Group). Though successful, several of the bookmakers and one of the burglars are killed. The mastermind behind the robbery, a Vietnam veteran named Scott (Herbert Jefferson Jr.), is the brother of a prominent nightclub owner, Gunn (Jim Brown). Seeking safe haven, Scott hides out at his brother's mansion after a brief reunion.

Meanwhile, mafia caporegime and used-car dealer Russ Capelli (Martin Landau) meets with a female West Coast crime boss, Toni Lombardo (Luciana Paluzzi), to report the theft of daily payoff records and monies. Though Capelli receives an unrelated promotion for years of loyal service, he nonetheless fears the consequences of a loss of face and status as well as incriminating mob financial information. He therefore orders his men, led by psychotic assassin Ray Kriley (Bruce Glover), to shake down anyone who might have a connection to the robbery and to recover the lost goods using any means necessary.



The film was released theatrically in the United States by Columbia Pictures in December 1972.[3]

The film was given a VHS release by Goodtimes Home Video in the United States. It was later released on DVD in 2004 via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. This release is anamorphic in 1.85:1 aspect ratio.[4]

See also


  1. "Big Rental Films of 1973", Variety, 9 January 1974 p 60
  2. Turner Classic Movies Overview and Synopsis for Black Gunn
  3. "Company Credits for Black Gunn". Retrieved 2012-04-26.
  4. "Black Gunn (1972)". Retrieved 2012-04-26.
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