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      A Huey P. Newton Story

      TV-14 2001 1h 28m Biography List
      100% Tomatometer 9 Reviews 85% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings A radical (Roger Guenveur Smith) from Oakland, Calif., establishes the Black Panther Party based on his 10-point program for social reform. Read More Read Less

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      Anita Gates New York Times The production doesn't resolve the paradoxes in Newton's life, but it does give viewers some idea of what it might have been like to be inside his head. Jun 9, 2020 Full Review Allan Johnson Chicago Tribune By bringing Newton alive, Smith opens the door for further exploration of this colorful, insightful figure. Jun 9, 2020 Full Review Mark Sachs Los Angeles Times The anger and frustration toward racial injustice that fuels Newton's tears and tirades are framed beautifully by director Lee. Jun 9, 2020 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid The film represents a new triumph for Lee, one that comes closer to Do the Right Thing than nearly anything else in his career. Rated: 3.5/4 May 26, 2006 Full Review Moira Sullivan The film is one long monologue of Huey's inner mind , culminating in a riveting shadow boxing dance by Smith, who then sits down for the final end. Rated: A- Aug 1, 2003 Full Review Troy Lambert TV Guide Roger Guenveur Smith taps in deep as Huey Newton, blazing through this mesmerizing performance piece based on the still-controversial life of one of the founders of the Black Panther Party. Rated: 4.5/5 Jul 30, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Almost torture having to sit and listen to one guy barely speak audibly while smoking. I've seen two other movies on this subject that are so much better. If Spike Lee wasn't part of this movie it'd have terrible reviews accross the board. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Very good. Captivating. Creative. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member good bio/historical picture Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member A portrayal of Newton before a crowd pushing his beliefs and politics. It was intriguing to learn some of his view points. He had some interesting quotes and one of my favorites was "When you die everybody wants to bring you flowers, but what about when I'm alive and nobody wants to bring me soup." This is a must see... Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member It's a really impressive solo performance that seems to capture the essence of Newton. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Robert Guinevere Smith's depiction of the tormented & ingenious Huey P. Newton is astonishing. His haunting portrayal is at the caliber of Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance in 'Capote'. If you're unaware of Mr. Newton I'd advise reading information on the Black Panther Party prior to viewing. With no previous knowledge of the Party and it's history & impact, a lot might be lost. Easily a 5-star film. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A radical (Roger Guenveur Smith) from Oakland, Calif., establishes the Black Panther Party based on his 10-point program for social reform.
      Spike Lee
      Steven Adams, Spike Lee
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      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 30, 2016
      1h 28m