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Judas and the Black Messiah

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Plot Summary.

126 min | Biography, Drama, History

Chairman Fred Hampton was 21 years old when he was assassinated by the FBI, who coerced a petty criminal named William O’Neal to help them silence him and the Black Panther Party. But they could not kill Fred Hampton’s legacy and, 50 years later, his words still echo…louder than ever.

I am a revolutionary!

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Who was 'Chairman Fred'?

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In 1968, a young, charismatic activist named Fred Hampton became Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, who were fighting for freedom, the power to determine the destiny of the Black community, and an end to police brutality and the slaughter of Black people.

Chairman Fred was inspiring a generation to rise up and not back down to oppression, which put him directly in the line of fire of the government, the FBI and the Chicago Police. But to destroy the revolution, they had to do it from both the outside…and the inside. Facing prison, William O’Neal is offered a deal by the FBI: if he will infiltrate the Black Panthers and provide intel on Hampton, he will walk free. O’Neal takes the deal.

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Now a comrade in arms in the Black Panther Party, O’Neal lives in fear that his treachery will be discovered even as he rises in the ranks. But as Hampton’s fiery message draws him in, O’Neal cannot escape the deadly trajectory of his ultimate betrayal.

Though his life was cut short, Fred Hampton’s impact has continued to reverberate. The government saw the Black Panthers as a militant threat to the status quo and sold that lie to a frightened public in a time of growing civil unrest. But the perception of the Panthers was not reality. In inner cities across America, they were providing free breakfasts for children, legal services, medical clinics and research into sickle cell anemia, and political education. And it was Chairman Fred in Chicago, who, recognizing the power of multicultural unity for a common cause, created the Rainbow Coalition—joining forces with other oppressed peoples in the city to fight for equality and political empowerment.

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Notable Cast
Daniel KaluuyaDaniel Kaluuya...Fred Hampton
LaKeith StanfieldLaKeith Stanfield...Bill O'Neal
Jesse PlemonsJesse Plemons...Roy Mitchell
Dominique FishbackDominique Fishback...Deborah Johnson
Ashton SandersAshton Sanders...Jimmy Palmer
Algee SmithAlgee Smith...Jake Winters
Darrell Britt-GibsonDarrell Britt-Gibson...Bobby Rush
Lil Rel HoweryLil Rel Howery...Wayne
Dominique ThorneDominique Thorne...Judy Harmon
Martin SheenMartin Sheen...J. Edgar Hoover
Amari CheatomAmari Cheatom...Collins
Khris DavisKhris Davis...Steel
Ian DuffIan Duff...Doc Satchel
Caleb EberhardtCaleb Eberhardt...Bob Lee
Robert LongstreetRobert Longstreet...Leslie Carlyle
Amber Chardae RobinsonAmber Chardae Robinson...Betty Coachman
Ikechukwu UfomaduIkechukwu Ufomadu...Walter Hicks
James UdomJames Udom...Compton
Nick FinkNick Fink...Fesperman
Mell BowserMell Bowser...Tex
Vivian Fleming-AlvarezAlysia Joy Powell...Mrs. Winters
Nicholas VelezNicholas Velez...José Cha Cha Jiménez
Ajani Aj CarrAjani Aj Carr...Anthony Timmons

Writing Team

Will Berson Will Berson ... Screenplay
Shaka King Shaka King ... Screenplay


Notable Wins
Oscar AwardDaniel Kaluuya...Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Oscar AwardH.E.R. (music by/lyric by), Tiara Thomas (lyric by), D'Mile (as dernst emile ii) (music by)
For song "Fight for You"
...Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)

Box Office Data

(2021) U.S. Dollars
Opening weekend...$2,027,076
Gross (US & Canada)...$5,478,009
Gross (World)...$7,428,769


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Additional Content
Cast Photos...IMDb
Box Office...IMDb Pro
Poster...Official Site
Awards...The 78th Golden Globes
Awards...American Film Institute
Studio...Warner Bros./HBO Max
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