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Don't Play Us Cheap
Don't Play Us Cheap
Actors: Thomas Anderson, Jay Van Leer, Robert Dunn, Mabel King, George Ooppee McCurn
Director: Melvin Van Peebles
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
UR     2006     1hr 39min

Melvin Van Peebles? film adaptation of his novel "The Party in Harlem", set in a boisterous Harlem party that is crashed by a pair of very unwelcome guests ? two devilish minions sent up from the underworld to spoil everyo...  more »


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Actors: Thomas Anderson, Jay Van Leer, Robert Dunn, Mabel King, George Ooppee McCurn
Director: Melvin Van Peebles
Creators: Robert Maxwell, Melvin Van Peebles, Charles Blackwell, Jerry Weissman
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Love & Romance, Musicals
Studio: Xenon
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 01/24/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/1973
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1973
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 39min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A wierd movie!!!
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This movie is like a "gospel" musical. I thought the plot was wierd. It's about a demon, sent by the devil, to ruin a party. In the mean time he falls in love with the the party girl. Atleast, that's what I got out of the movie. The plot is hard to follow. The songs are wonderful, especially the one's sung by Mabel King. The movie also stars Esther Rolle, of Good Times. I recommend this movie, but pay attention or you'll get lost. Pay special attention to the last song, "Smash Em", funny stuff."
At Least It's Better than "Sweetback"
Andre M. | Mt. Pleasant, SC United States | 01/17/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This film does have a strange story about muses who try to destroy a Harlem house party, but wind up getting involved with the participants in the process. However, if there is a soundtrack CD out there, it would be nice because there is some great music in this film. Some nice slice-of life Black Americana is included also, particularly regarding the relationship with Esther Rolle and her niece Rhetta Hughes. Unfortunately, Van Peebles is his usual self, being long on bizarre symbolism that escapes the average viewer (the introduction where he explains the concept of the film is absolutely necessary to understand what's going on). However, as odd as it is, it has some nice moments, good music, and it's at least 75% better than Van Peebles overrated dungheap "Sweet Sweetback.""