The Slams

The Slams is a 1973 film directed by Jonathan Kaplan and starring Jim Brown.

The Slams
Directed byJonathan Kaplan
Produced byGene Corman
Written byRichard DeLong Adams
StarringJim Brown
Judy Pace
Roland Bob Harris
Music byLuther Henderson
Distributed byMGM
Release date
  • September 26, 1973 (1973-09-26)
Running time
91 min.
CountryUnited States


Curtis Hook (Jim Brown) is caught by the police after a heist. In jail, Curtis has to deal with people who want to know where he stashed the loot while also trying to get out of jail in time to get the money before its hiding place is demolished.


  • Jim Brown as Curtis X. Hook
  • Judy Pace as Iris Daniels
  • Roland Bob Harris as Captain Stambell (as Roland 'Bob' Harris)
  • Paul Harris as Jackson Barney (as Paul E. Harris)
  • Frank DeKova as Capiello
  • Ted Cassidy as Glover
  • Frenchia Guizon as Macey
  • John Dennis as Sergeant Morella / Flood
  • Jac Emel as Zack
  • Quinn K. Redeker as Warden (as Quinn Redeker)


JIM BROWN goes over the wall to flash with a million $ stash.


The film was produced by Gene Corman, brother of famous B-movie producer Roger Corman. Gene hired Kaplan on the basis of the director's handling of the black subplot in Roger Corman's The Student Teachers. The only requirement was that Kaplan meet with Jim Brown. "I found him to be quite sweet, quite charming," says Kaplan.[1]

Kaplan found Gene Corman a far more hands on producer than his brother, casting the movie and using his own editor. The film was shot on location mostly at Lincoln Heights Prison in Los Angeles.[1]

Brown wanted to fight someone bigger than him in a fight scene so Ted Cassidy was cast. Kaplan said he found the way to keep Brown engaged in the movie was to get him involved in some sort of competition, so he organised people to play chess with him in between takes.[1]

"We got along because I treated him like an actor, not like an ex-football player," said Kaplan.[2]

See also


  1. Jonathan Kaplan on The Slams at Trailers From Hell
  2. Taylor, Paul (1 Feb 1989). "Keep on Truckin' - Jonathan Kaplan". Monthly Film Bulletin (56.661 ed.).

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