Director: Jules Dassin Run Time: 104 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1968
Starring: Frank Silvera, Janet MacLachlan, Juanita Moore, Julian Mayfield, Max Julien, Raymond St. Jacques, Roscoe Lee Browne, Ruby Dee
Co-written by Ruby Dee and directed by the great American director Jules Dassin (The Naked City), UPTIGHT updates the narrative of Liam O’Flaherty’s novel The Informer from Dublin in the 1920s to 1960’s Cleveland. The film takes place in the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination when a group of black revolutionaries plan a weapon heist that doesn’t go as planned. Meanwhile, an ostracized member of the group is being courted by the police to inform on his comrades. This incendiary, radical film is given a throbbing pulse thanks to a soundtrack by Booker T. and the MG’s. Brattle Debut!
Double Feature with THE INCIDENT on Friday, October 7
“There’s no backsliding, toward a conciliatory moderate conclusion. The passions and beliefs of black militants are presented head-on, with little in the way of comfort for white liberals. White racists, I guess, will be horrified beyond measure.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times