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directed by Louis de Witt
South Africa 1973


Ken Gampu (ZULU DAWN) is badass Joe Bullet, hired by Eagles football team president Dan Poho (as himself) when The Vulture Gang murder the team's coach (Richard Khumalo) in order to intimidate star players Flash (Cocky Tlhotlhalemaje, KNOCK-OUT) and Jerry (Sydney Chama, THE WILD GEESE) into returning to their old team. Further attempts are made on the lives of Poho and his nightclub singer daughter Beauty (Abigail Kubeka, CRY THE BELOVED COUNTRY) are foiled by Joe, causing the gang's mysterious leader to hire a Kung Fu hitman (Matthew Molete) to take out Joe himself before the World Cup. Finished in 1971 and screened independently in 1973 before being banned by the apartheid government, South Africa's go at blaxploitation JOE BULLET is flatly acted, poorly written, badly choreographed, and bereft of style, but it is nevertheless a singular exploitation experience. The film slows to a crawl after the first half hour, drawing out introductions and actions easily elided but the filmmakers' desire throw in everything but the kitchen sink at least promises more action while the underdeveloped subplot relationships are given minimal screentime (although the identity of the Vulture Gang's leader is still easily guessed).

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 1 January 1973 (South Africa)

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DVD Review: The Film Detective - Region 0 - NTSC

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The Film Detective

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:29:21

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.44 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: The Film Detective

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
� Audio Commentary by restoration company head Benjamin Cowley and writer/producer Tonie van der Merwe, moderated by Calum Waddell
� Restoration Demo (4:3; 2:21)
� Theatrical Trailer (4:3; 2:18)

DVD Release Date: February 21st, 2017

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The Film Detective's manufactured-on-demand DVD-R is derived from an HD restoration of a film element that is generally clean if a little faded and has more than its share of missing frames resulting in a couple jump cuts (the restoration demo reveals just how drastically the color had turned on the print before clean-up). The post-synched Dolby Digital 2.0 mono track boasts mostly clear dialogue amidst a rather sparse music and effects track. English Closed Captioning is included. Not mentioned anywhere on the case is the presence of an audio commentary with the film's writer/producer moderated by the restoration company head and Calum Waddell. Also included is a newly created trailer for the film.

  - Eric Cotenas


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