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Encyclopedia > Hammer (film)
Hammer
Directed by Bruce Clark
Produced by Al Adamson
Written by Charles Johnson
Starring Fred Williamson,
Bernie Hamilton,
Vonetta McGee,
William Smith,
Elizabeth Harding,
Mel Stewart,
Stack Pierce
Music by Solomon Burke
Cinematography Robert Steadman
Editing by George Folsey Jr.
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) Sept 20, 1972
Running time 92 min.
Country Flag of United States USA
Language English
IMDb profile

Hammer is a 1972 blaxploitation film directed by Bruce Clark. The film was released following the successes of Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song and Shaft, notable 1971 films that popularized black cinema. Canada Payphone Corporation Formerly a pay telephone corporation run out of the now defunct Vancouver Stock Exchange. ... Al Adamson (July 25, 1929 - August 2, 1995) was a prolific director of B-grade horror films throughout the 1960s and 1970s. ... Charles Johnson may refer to one of several individuals, including: Charles R. Johnson, contemporary African_American author Charles Johnson, 18th century Democratic_Republican politician from North Carolina Charles Elliott Johnson, contemporary Democratic politician from North Carolina Charles Johnson, Major League Baseball player Charles B. Johnson, chairman of Franklin Resources, Inc. ... Fred The Hammer Williamson (born March 5, 1938 in Gary, Indiana) was a star defensive player in the American Football League during the 1960s, playing for the Oakland Raiders and later the Kansas City Chiefs. ... Bernie Hamilton (born June 12, 1928, Los Angeles) is a black American actor. ... William Smith (born March 24, 1934 in Columbia, Missouri, USA) is an American actor. ... Mel Stewart (b. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Robert Steadman (born April 1, 1965) is a British composer and conductor of classical music who mostly works in a post-minimalist style but also writes lighter music, including musicals, and compositions for educational purposes. ... The current United Artists logo (a variant was used during the 1980s). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (Melvin Van Peebles 1971) Blaxploitation is a film genre that emerged in the United States in the early 1970s when many exploitation films were made that targeted the urban African American audience; the word itself is a combination of the words black and exploitation. Blaxploitation... Canada Payphone Corporation Formerly a pay telephone corporation run out of the now defunct Vancouver Stock Exchange. ... Sweet Sweetbacks Baadasssss Song was a 1971 independent film written, produced, scored, directed by and starring Melvin Van Peebles. ... A shaft can be Look up shaft in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday. ...


It starred Fred Williamson as B.J. Hammer. Williamson went on to become a staple of the genre. Fred The Hammer Williamson (born March 5, 1938 in Gary, Indiana) was a star defensive player in the American Football League during the 1960s, playing for the Oakland Raiders and later the Kansas City Chiefs. ...


Synopsis

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

B.J. Hammer is a boxer who rises up the ranks with help from the Mafia. However, Hammer doesn't realize that the help comes with a price: He is asked to throw a fight. Gangsters threaten to harm his girlfriend in an attempt to force him to go through with their plan.


Hammer is forced to figure out a way to save his dignity and the life of his girlfriend, who has been kidnapped by gangsters.

Spoilers end here.

Trivia

  • "The Hammer" has become Williamson's official nickname, earned during his time playing professional football.
  • The film's promotional tagline is: "Hammer... is a black explosion."
  • Williamson is also credited as playing "Hammer, the ladies man," in the 1980 martial arts film Fist of Fear, Touch of Death and as "The Hammer" in a 2006 direct-to-video release called Spaced Out.

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