Hangup (film)

Hangup, also called Hang Up and later released under the name Super Dude,[1] is a 1974 film directed by Henry Hathaway. It stars William Elliott and Marki Bey.[2] This was the last film directed by Hathaway.[3]

aka Super Dude
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHenry Hathaway
StarringWilliam Elliott
Marki Bey
Cliff Potts
Music byTony Camillo
Distributed byDimension Pictures
Release date
October 1974
Running time
94 min.
CountryUnited States

The film falls in the blaxploitation subgenre of "vigilante group cleans up ghetto streets".[4] The film follows a black policeman seeking revenge on the man who got his girlfriend addicted to heroin.[5] The film was distributed by American International Pictures, one of the many films it targeted to the new youth market.[6] Josiah Howard states that the marketing "almost makes it look like a spoof of the genre."[3] Howard described the film as "low budget and flashy, but fast-moving and consistently entertaining."[3] Leonard Maltin wrote "Hathaway has done many fine films, but this, his last, isn't one." [7]


See also


  1. Reflections on Blaxploitation: Actors and Directors Speak. Scarecrow Press. 2009. pp. 222–. ISBN 9780810867062.
  2. "Hangup (1974) - Henry Hathaway - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  3. Howard, Josiah (2008). Blaxploitation cinema: the essential reference guide. FAB Press. ISBN 9781903254370. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  4. Stevenson, Jack (2000-09-01). Addicted: The Myth and Menace of Drugs in Film. Creation. ISBN 9781840680232. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  5. Martinez, Gerald; Martínez, Diana; Chavez, Andres (1998-10-18). What it is, what it was!: the Black film explosion of the '70s in words and pictures. Hyperion. ISBN 9780786883776. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  6. Marich, Robert (2005). Marketing to Moviegoers: A Handbook of Strategies Used by Major Studios and Independents. Taylor & Francis. pp. 253–. ISBN 9780240806877. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  7. Maltin, Leonard (2009-08-04). Leonard Maltin's 2010 Movie Guide. Penguin Group US. pp. 1283–. ISBN 9781101108765. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
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