"Judas and the Black Messiah" is a 2021 American biographical drama film directed by Shaka King.
The starring cast includes Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton, Jesse Plemons as Roy Mitchell, Dominique Fishback as Deborah Johnson, Ashton Sanders as Jimmy Palmer, Darrell Britt-Gibson as Bobby Rush, Algee Smith as Jake Winters, Lil Rel Howery as Wayne, Dominique Thorne as Judy Harmon, Martin Sheen as J. Edgar Hoover, Lakeith Stanfield and others.
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Warner Bros. Pictures on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 released the trailer for "Judas and the Black Messiah" you can watch here:
JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH - Trailer 2.
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In the late 1960s, 17-year-old petty criminal William "Bill" O'Neal is arrested in Chicago after attempting to hijack a car while posing as a federal officer. He is approached by FBI Special Agent (Michael Buonomo) Roy Mitchell (Jesse Plemons), who offers to have O'Neal's charges dropped if he works undercover for the bureau. O'Neal is assigned to infiltrate the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP) and its leader, Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya).
O'Neal begins to grow close to Hampton, who works to form alliances with rival gangs and militia groups while extending community outreach through the BPP's Free Breakfast for Children Program. Hampton's persuasive oratory skills eventually help to form the multiracial Rainbow Coalition. Hampton also falls in love with Deborah Johnson (Dominique Fishback), a fellow BPP member. O'Neal begins to relay intel to Mitchell, who in return compensates him with money. When a fugitive Party member, George Sams (Terayle Hill), hides out at the local BPP office, O'Neal learns from Mitchell that Sams is an informant whose presence in BPP offices allows the bureau to obtain search warrants.
After Hampton is arrested and imprisoned, O'Neal begins to rise through the ranks and is promoted to security captain. When a shootout between the Chicago Police and the BPP occurs at the chapter office, O'Neal sneaks out as the office is bombed by the police. Afterward, O'Neal attempts to quit being an informant but is rejected by Mitchell.
After Hampton is released from prison while appealing his charges, he reunites with Deborah, now pregnant with his child. A BPP member, Jimmy Palmer (Ashton Sanders), who was hospitalized after being shot by a police officer, is killed while being transferred to another hospital. Enraged upon learning of Jimmy's death, fellow member Jake Winters (Algee Smith) engages in a shootout with police, killing several officers before being gunned down himself.
Here is the full cast and characters of "Judas and the Black Messiah" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.
"Judas and the Black Messiah" movie release date was scheduled to be on February 1, 2021 (United States) distributing by Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Singapore and HBO Max.
The duration of the film is 126 minutes. With a budget of $26 million, the film grossed over $6.1 million.
"Judas and the Black Messiah" movie is rated "R", according to the MPAA film rating system.
Principal photography began in Cleveland, Ohio on October 21, 2019.
"Judas and the Black Messiah" movie got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 7.6/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 96/100. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.
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