Five on the Black Hand Side

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Five on the Black Hand Side
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DVD cover.
Directed by Oscar Williams
Produced by Brock Peters
Michael Tolan
Starring Clarice Taylor
Leonard Jackson
Virginia Capers
Glynn Turman
D'Urville Martin
Music by H.B. Barnum
Cinematography Gene Polito
Editing by Michael Economou
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates October 25, 1973
Running time 96 min.
Country United States
Language English

Five on the Black Hand Side is a 1973 comedy film based on the play by Charlie L. Russell. It was shot in Los Angeles. Leonard Jackson appeared as John Henry Brooks.[1] He was cast in Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple fifteen years later.

Tagline: "You've been coffy-tized, blacula-rized and super-flied - but now you're gonna be glorified, unified and filled-with-pride... when you see Five on the Black Hand Side."


A meek wife (Clarice Taylor) finally decides to stand up to her overbearing husband (Leonard Jackson).

This relationship between the two parents in this movie got parodied in a skit of the same name on the comedy series In Living Color.


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  1. ^ WEILER, A. H. "Movies-Five on the Black Hand Side". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 May 2012.