Five on the Black Hand Side

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Five on the Black Hand Side
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Directed by Oscar Williams
Produced by Brock Peters
Michael Tolan
Starring Clarice Taylor
Leonard Jackson
Virginia Capers
Glynn Turman
Bonnie Banfield
D'Urville Martin
Music by H.B. Barnum
Cinematography Gene Polito
Edited by Michael Economou
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
October 25, 1973
Running time
96 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $200,000

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, California. 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."


During the weekend of her daughter's wedding, Mrs. Gladys Ann Brooks, a meek wife (played by Clarice Taylor) and her three children; Gideon Brooks (Glynn Turman), Booker T. Washington-Brooks (D'Urville Martin), and Gail Brooks (Bonnie Banfield) finally decides to stand up to their overbearing husband and father Mr. John Henry Brooks Jr. (Leonard Jackson) who displays retrogressive behavior.

In pop culture[edit]

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. The film went into limited release in theaters, but helped launch the careers of Glynn Turman and Ja'net DuBois: he did films and TV, landing mostly African-American characters, leading to the role of Bradford Taylor on the TV Show A Different World and she became famous as Willona on the TV hit Good Times.


External links[edit]


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