This was pioneering stuff for back in 1971, a film where the black guy isn't just a lovable clown playing it up for the rich white guy, or any other stereotype that filled the big screen back in the day. Melvin Van Peebles created a a film 'for all the brothers and sisters tired of the man,' working against the actors guild of the time and making possibly the most un-Hollywood film ever. No one wanted to touch it to begin with, but it grossed over £11 million, made Peebles a household name (sort of) but most importantly gave birth to the whole Blaxploitation genre and made Black cinema as great and important as anything else commited to film.
Also, don't sleep on the soundtrack. It features a damn funkin' Earth, Wind & Fire before anyone knew who they were, along with Peebles'own madcap chants and outbursts. Anyone who has heard Madlib's Quasimoto albums will already be familiar with some of the tracks as they form a large proportion of his vocal samples.
Anyway, essential inspirational viewing. Proof indeed that if you want to achieve somrthing, it is possible. If you're good enough. And Melvin Van Peebles was/is. Keep it funkin' y'all.
They won't bleed me.