UP TIGHT: 1st Blaxploitation Movie was a Baaad Mutha...

On the set of Up Tight, 1968.

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forty years later by an especially impressionistic moment in the movie.

While Up Tight remains one of the best gritty political crime features from that period, it was soon, according to Ruby Dee, withdrawn by the studio. Although it can occasionally be seen on late-night television, at repertoire houses or film festivals, Paramount has never released the film on video or DVD.

After the disheartening experience on Up Tight, director Jules Dassin, who died in Athens, Greece in 2008 at the age of 96, never made another movie in America.

Cultural critic Michael A. Gonzales has written cover stories for Vibe, Uptown, Essence, Ego Trip, XXL, Wax Poetics. He has also written for Stop Smiling, New York magazine and The Village Voice. A contributing editor to the arts journal HYCIDE, he also co-edits the erotica journal Open. Read him at Blackadelicpop.blogspot.com and follow him on twitter @gonzomike