Judas and the Black Messiah

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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... read more
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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! In 1968, a young, charismatic activist named Fred Hampton became Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panthers, 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. Fred Hampton 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 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. Now a comrade in arms to Fred Hampton, O’Neal lives in fear that his treachery will be discovered even as he rises in the ranks of the Black Panthers. 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 Fred Hampton and his Chicago Chapter of the Black Panthers who, recognizing the power of multicultural unity for a common cause, created the Rainbow Coalition—joining forces with other oppressed peoples in Chicago to fight for equality and political empowerment.

Original Release

02/12/2021

US Release

02/12/2021

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Cast

Daniel Kaluuya Fred Hampton
Lakeith Stanfield Bill O'Neal
Dominique Fishback Deborah Johnson
Jesse Plemons Roy Mitchell
Ashton Sanders Jimmy Palmer
Algee Smith Jake Winters
Ian Duff Doc Satchel
Mell Bowser Tex
Alysia Joy Powell Mrs. Winters
Michael Buonomo FBI Agent
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Shaka King

Writers

Shaka King, Will Berson, Keith Lucas, Kenneth Lucas

Cast

Daniel Kaluuya Fred Hampton
Lakeith Stanfield Bill O'Neal
Dominique Fishback Deborah Johnson
Jesse Plemons Roy Mitchell
Ashton Sanders Jimmy Palmer
Algee Smith Jake Winters
Ian Duff Doc Satchel
Mell Bowser Tex
Alysia Joy Powell Mrs. Winters
Michael Buonomo FBI Agent
Adam Ratcliffe Cop
Raymond Seay Oldest Kid
Todd C. Adelman Restaurant Patron
Winston Haynes Captain James Byrne
Reese Foster FBI Agent
Debbie Scaletta Restaurant Patron
Graham Lutes Alex
Crystal Lee Brown Darlene
Nicholas Velez José Cha Cha Jiménez
Alonda Shevette Various

Producers

Poppy Hanks Executive Producer
Sev Ohanian Executive Producer
Kim Roth Executive Producer
Jason Cloth Executive Producer
Aaron L. Gilbert Executive Producer
Jeff Skoll Executive Producer
Ted Gidlow Executive Producer
Anikah McLaren Executive Producer
Ravi D. Mehta Executive Producer
Zinzi Coogler Executive Producer
Niija Kuykendall Executive Producer
Shaka King Producer
Ryan Coogler Producer
Charles D. King Producer
Will Berson Producer
Keith Lucas Producer
Kenneth Lucas Producer
Allard Cantor Producer
Makiah Green Producer
Jarrod Murray Producer

Editors

Kristan Sprague

2021Golden GlobeBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Won
2021Golden GlobeBest Original Song - Motion Picture Nominated
2021OscarBest Motion Picture of the Year Nominated
2021OscarBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Won
2021OscarBest Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song) Won
2021OscarBest Original Screenplay Nominated
2021OscarBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
2021OscarBest Achievement in Cinematography Nominated
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