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Friday Foster (1975)

by  |  March 19th, 2012  |  Action/Adventure, Exploitation

Written and Directed by Arthur Marks (Detroit 9000). Starring: Pam Grier (Bucktown), Yaphet Koto (Midnight Run), Godfrey Cambridge (Harlem), Thalmus Rasulala (Blacula), Eartha Kitt (Batman), Jim Backus (Gilligan’s Island), Scatman Crothers (Black Belt Jones), Ted Lange (The Love Boat), Tierre Turner (Ark II), Paul Benjamin (The Deadly Trackers), Jason Bernard (No Way Out), Rosalind Miles (The Manhandlers) and Carl Weathers (Predator).

Based on the comic strip by, Jim Lawrence, Friday Foster tells the story of Friday Foster (Grier), she is truly awesome, she’s a photographer, she takes care of  her hustling little brother, ‘Cleve’ (Turner), and her life is about to change in ways that she could never imagine!

You see Friday’s friend, Cloris (Miles) has gotten herself involved with a man who is connected with a national conspiracy to keep black people stuck in the ghetto…

Now all of this begins during New Years eve when the editor of the magazine that Friday works for ends up calling Friday about a photography job for the paper that has to do with her going to the airport to take photos of Blake Tarr (Rasulala), the richest black person in the world as he is heading home.

The only problem is that not only is Friday Foster racing to meet with Blake’s airplane, but a couple of henchmen that have been employed by, ‘Black Widow’ a person who is trying to stop an historic meeting between all of the black leaders of the U.S.A. from meeting in an effort to start tearing down barriers!

After the attack on Tarr, it will be up to Friday Foster and her friend Colt Hawkins to uncover this national conspiracy, before  Black Widow and his henchmen are able to take out literally everyone connected to the conspiracy… including Friday herself!

Friday (Grier) and her friend Colt (Koto) at the funeral for her friend Cloris!

Now I personally found this movie to be rather amusing because since I first started watching Blaxploitation movies, I have come to appreciate more the actors in these movies that I originally saw in other movies, when I see these movies, partly because of the truly historic significance of the Blaxploitation film in American Cinematic history, but in some cases I also get to just enjoy the work these guys do even more! Including, Yaphet Koto, Pam Grier, Scatman Crothers, Carl Weathers, and this movie was no different!

I also found this movie to be rather fascinating because it was the end of an era in that, Friday Foster happens to be the last movie that Pam Grier did for American International Pictures (to which she did such films for as Sheba Baby (1975), Foxy Brown (1974), and Scream Blacula Scream… To name a few.)

Another thing that I thought that you guys might find that is interesting is that Friday Foster is based on the comic strip series of the same name by, Jim Lawrence and Jorje Longeron.  Now this comic strip, which was in the Chicago Tribune back in the 1970s, was the first comic strip to have a black leader in it.  Now unfortunately the comic strip was discontinued by the time the movie was released, but the makers of the film still gave thanks to the Chicago Tribune anyway!

One of the Friday Foster comics

One last thing that I thought that I would mention here that I thought that you guys might find to be rather interesting, but it turns out that Arthur Marks, Pam Grier, Carl Weathers, Tierre Turner, Thalmus Rasulala all collaborated on another classic blaxploitation movie, Bucktown!

Well folks, if your looking for a kick ass great time! Then I do recommend checking this one out, it is a fun one!


Nathan Strack


Nathan Strack is a Writer/Director/Filmmaker & Owner/Founder of: Hell In Space, Strack Web Design Service & Strack Store.

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