Panther (film)

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Panther
Panther1995 movie poster.JPG
The movie poster for Panther.
Directed byMario Van Peebles
Produced byPreston L. Holmes
Mario Van Peebles
Melvin Van Peebles
Screenplay byMelvin Van Peebles
Based onPanther by Melvin Van Peebles
Starring
Music byStanley Clarke
CinematographyEdward J. Pei
Edited byEarl Watson
Production
company
Distributed byGramercy Pictures
Release date
  • May 3, 1995 (1995-05-03)
Running time
123 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
United States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$6,834,525[1]

Panther is a 1995 cinematic adaptation of Melvin Van Peeble's novel Panther, produced and directed by Mario Van Peebles.[2] The drama film portrays the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, tracing the organization from its founding through its decline in a compressed timeframe. It was the first narrative feature-film to depict the Black Panther Party.[2]

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Soundtrack[edit]

Panther
Soundtrack album by Various artists
ReleasedMay 2, 1995
Recorded1994-1995
GenreHip hop
R&B
Length77:23
LabelMercury Records
ProducerVarious artists
Singles from Panther
  1. "Freedom (Theme from Panther)"
    Released: April 15, 1995
  2. "The Points"
    Released: 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars link

A soundtrack for the film containing R&B and hip hop music was released on May 2, 1995 by Mercury Records. It peaked at number 37 on the Billboard 200 and number 5 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and was certified gold on July 25, 1995. Featured on the soundtrack was the single "Freedom (Theme from Panther)", a collaboration among more than 60 female R&B singers and rappers that peaked at 45 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Three singles made it to the Billboard charts, "Head Nod" by Hodge, "The Points", a collaboration between 12 of hip-hop's most popular artists and groups, and "Freedom (Theme from Panther)", a collaboration between over 60 female R&B singers and rappers.

  1. "Freedom (Theme from Panther)" - 4:47
    Aaliyah, Felicia Adams, May May Ali, Amel Larrieux, Az-Iz, Blackgirl, Mary J. Blige, Tanya Blount, Brownstone, Casserine, Changing Faces, Coko, Tyler Collins, N'Dea Davenport, E.V.E., Emage, En Vogue, Eshe & Laurneá (of Arrested Development), Female, For Real, Penny Ford, Lalah Hathaway, Jade, Jamecia, Jazzyfatnastees, Queen Latifah, Billy Lawrence, Joi, Brigette McWilliams, Milira, Miss Jones, Cindy Mizelle, Monica, Me’Shell NdegéOcello, Natasha, Pebbles, Pure Soul, Raja-Nee, Brenda Russell, SWV, Chantay Savage, Sonja Marie, Tracie Spencer, Sweet Sable, TLC, Terri & Monica, Vybe, Crystal Waters, Caron Wheeler, Karyn White, Vanessa Williams, Xscape, Y?N-Vee, Zhané
  2. "Express Yourself" - 3:48 (Joe)
  3. "We'll Meet Again" - 4:43 (Blackstreet)
  4. "Black People" - 4:11 (George Clinton, Belita Woods & Funkadelic)
  5. "Let's Straighten It Out" - 4:05 (Usher & Monica)
  6. "The Points" - 4:54
    Big Mike, Biggie Smalls, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Buckshot, Busta Rhymes, Coolio, Digable Planets, Heltah Skeltah, Ill Al Skratch, Jamal, Menace Clan & Redman
  7. "Slick Partner" - 2:46 (Bobby Brown)
  8. "Stand (You Got To)" - 4:35 (Aaron Hall)
  9. "The World Is a Ghetto" - 4:32 (Da Lench Mob)
  10. "If I Were Your Woman" (Shanice & Female)
  11. "We Shall Not Be Moved" - 4:49 (Sounds of Blackness & Black Sheep)
  12. "A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)" - 3:48 (Female)
  13. "Freedom" (Dirty Dozen remix) - 4:49
    MC Lyte, Meshell Ndegeocello, Nefertiti, Patra, Queen Latifah, Salt-n-Pepa, Left Eye of TLC, Da 5 Footaz, & Yo-Yo
  14. "Head Nod" - 3:33 (Hodge)
  15. "Stand!" - 4:28 (Tony! Toni! Toné!)
  16. "Don't Give Me No Broccoli and Tell Me It's Green's" - 6:17 (The Last Poets)
  17. "The Star-Spangled Banner" - 3:12 (Brian McKnight, Boys Choir of Harlem & Slash)
  18. "The Ultimate Sacrifice" - 3:15 (Stanley Clarke)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Panther at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ a b 1976-, Ndounou, Monica White,. Shaping the future of African American film : color-coded economics and the story behind the numbers. New Brunswick, N.J. ISBN 0813562554. OCLC 879576313.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Peebles, Mario Van; Taylor, Ura Y.; Lewis, J. Tanika; Peebles, Melvin Van (1995). Panther: The Pictorial History of the Black Panthers and the Story Behind the Film. HarperCollins. ISBN 9781557042279.

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