Dynamite Brothers

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Dynamite Brothers
Directed by Al Adamson
Produced by Cirio H. Santiago
Written by John D'Amato (Writer), Marvin Lagunoff (Story), Jim Rein (Story)
Starring Timothy Brown
Alan Tang
Aldo Ray
James Hong
Don Oliver
Carol Speed
Claire Nono
Lung Chan
Richard Lee-Sung
Ching-Ying Lam
Margo Hope
Music by Charles Earland
Cinematography R. Michael Stringer
Release dates 1974
Running time Netherlands:96 min, USA:90 min
Country USA
Language English

Dynamite Brothers, also known by its alternate title East Meets Watts, is a 1974 martial arts and blaxploitation film.

It was filmed on location in Watts, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. It starred football-hero-turned-actor Timothy Brown, who was also known for his role as Spearchucker Jones in the TV series M*A*S*H, and Hong Kong star actor and martial artist Alan Tang. It also starred Aldo Ray as a crooked cop and James Hong in a villainous role. It is a combination of the Blaxploitation and Martial Arts Film genres.

Current and future stars like Tony Liu, Biff Yeager, Phillip Ko, Billy Chan, Mars and Susan McIver of the The Golddiggers fame pop up at various stages in the film.

Plot[edit]

Stud Brown played by Timothy Brown teams up with a Chinese kung-fu expert Larry Chin played by Alan Tang to fight a drug ring.[1] Larry Chin is in the U.S. trying to find his older brother but not before he is captured as an illegal alien by a crooked cop "Burke" played by Aldo Ray. Larry Chin is handcuffed to Stud Brown who was in custody and the two of them escape and end up in Watts.[2]

The film was also released in some countries with various titles such as Stud Brown.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

The Dynamite Brothers
Soundtrack album by Charles Earland
Released 1974
Recorded November, 1973
C.I. Recording, New York City
Genre Film score
Label Prestige
PR 10082
Producer Charles Earland
Charles Earland chronology
Charles III
(1973)
The Dynamite Brothers
(1973)
Leaving This Planet
(1973)

The film score was composed and performed by organist Charles Earland and the soundtrack album was released on the Prestige label in 1974.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[4]

Allmusic awarded the album 2 stars stating "Although there were some soul-jazz elements in the score, it also reflected the move among many musicians from that background into funk, fusion, and rock territory in the early- to mid-'70s, particularly in the synthesizers... It often sounds like the kind of music you might have heard from a band warming up a crowd for a Miles Davis concert of the time. It's suitably slightly spaced soul/funk/fusion, atmospheric but not too heavy on remarkable compositional ideas.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Charles Earland

  1. "Betty's Theme" - 5:01
  2. "Never Ending Melody" - 5:19
  3. "Grasshopper" - 2:47
  4. "Shanty Blues" - 4:11
  5. "Weedhopper" - 3:32
  6. "Razor J." - 2:25
  7. "Snake" - 8:37
  8. "Kungfusion" - 3:41
  9. "Incense of Essence" - 4:39

Personnel[edit]

Video release[edit]

The film was released on DVD by BCI Eclipse on March 12, 2002. BCI was later shut down by its parent company, Navarre Corporation, and the DVD was discontinued.[5][6]

Dynamite Brothers was featured on Cinematic Titanic's live tour as East Meets Watts, and video from the tour was released on DVD on December 16, 2009.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Internet Movie Database Dynamite Brothers (1974)
  2. ^ COLLAMER-JONES.COM The Dynamite Brother
  3. ^ Prestige Records discography accessed March 11, 2013
  4. ^ a b Unterberger, R. Allmusic listing accessed March 11, 2013
  5. ^ "Dynamite Brothers". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  6. ^ David Lambert (2008-12-18). "Navarre Shuts Down BCI". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 
  7. ^ "East Meets Watts". Cinematic Titanic. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  8. ^ "Live Cinematic Titanic DVD Coming; New Tour Dates Announced". Satellite News. 2009-12-09. 

External links[edit]

Dynamite Brothers at the Internet Movie Database
Dynamite Brothers on YouTube
Cinematic Titanic - East Meets Watts sample on YouTube