Penitentiary II

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This sequel to the urban masterpiece PENITENTIARY, directed and written by pioneering independent filmmaker Jamaa Fanaka, may have garnered comparisons to the Rocky films, but its ultra-violent fight scenes, unsentimental view of urban life and elements... read more

This sequel to the urban masterpiece PENITENTIARY, directed and written by pioneering independent filmmaker Jamaa Fanaka, may have garnered comparisons to the Rocky films, but its ultra-violent fight scenes, unsentimental view of urban life and elements of 80’s kitsch make it a perennial classic that stand alone. Paroled after serving time for a murder he didn’t commit, prison boxing champ Martel “Too Sweet” Gordone (Leon Isaac Kennedy) hangs his gloves, moves in with his sister’ family and rekindles his romance with Clarisse ( Eugenia Wright- “Magnum P.I.”). He soon learns that life on the outside isn’t much easier than it was in prison when “Half Dead” Johnson (Ernie Wright- “Oz,” Ghost Busters, The Human Tornado) escapes from prison and murders Clarisse. Though the loss of Clarisse is almost too much to bear, Too Sweet, with the help of his new trainer (Mr. T- “The A Team,” Rocky III) returns to the fight game and begins his rise to the top. Meanwhile, brother-in-law Charles (Glynn Turman- Sahara, “The Wire”) continues the battle against Half Dead, who intends to destroy the entire Gordone family.

Original Release

04/02/1982

Cast

Gerald Berns Beau Flynn Lt Heavywt Champ
Peggy Blow Ellen Johnson
Malik Carter Seldom Seems
Tony Cox Midget (as Joe Anthony Cox)
Ernie Hudson Half Dead
Cepheus Jaxon Do Dirty
Marvin Jones Simp
Stan Kamber Sam Cunningham
Sephton Moody Charles Johnson Jr.
Archie Moore Himself
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Jamaa Fanaka

Writers

Jamaa Fanaka

Cast

Gerald Berns Beau Flynn Lt Heavywt Champ
Peggy Blow Ellen Johnson
Malik Carter Seldom Seems
Tony Cox Midget (as Joe Anthony Cox)
Ernie Hudson Half Dead
Cepheus Jaxon Do Dirty
Marvin Jones Simp
Stan Kamber Sam Cunningham
Sephton Moody Charles Johnson Jr.
Archie Moore Himself
Mr. T Mr. T
Hawthorne James 1st Referee
Leon Isaac Kennedy Too Sweet Gordone
Rudy Ray Moore Husband
Glynn Turman Charles Johnson
G. Smokey Campbell Video Crew
Robert Lee Rush Gang Member
Donovan Womack Jesse 'The Bull' Amos
Ebony Wright Sugar
Eugenia Wright Clarisse

Producers

Billy Fine Executive Producer
Richard D. Reinberg Executive Producer
Jay Schultz Executive Producer
Lawrence Appelbaum Executive Producer
Jamaa Fanaka Producer
Lawrence Appelbaum Producer
Ayanna DuLaney Producer
Albert Shepard Producer

Editors

James E. Nownes

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