The Final Comedown

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The Final Comedown
Directed by Oscar Williams
Produced by Edgar Charles
Roger Corman
Mel Taylor
Oscar Williams
Written by Oscar Williams
Starring Billy Dee Williams
D'Urville Martin
Celia Kaye
Billy Durkin
Raymond St. Jacques
Music by Grant Green
Wade Marcus
Cinematography William B. Kaplan
Edited by Dick Van Enger Jr.
Distributed by New World Pictures
Release date
  • May 31, 1972 (1972-05-31)
Running time
83 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $26,500[1]

The Final Comedown is a 1972 blaxploitation drama film written, produced and directed by Oscar Williams and starring Billy Dee Williams and D'Urville Martin. The film is an examination of racism in the United States and depicts a shootout between a radical black nationalist group and the police, with the backstory leading up to the shootout told through flashbacks. The radical group is not identified by name in the film but closely resembles the Black Panther Party.

The film was recut and re-released in 1976 under the title Blast! The new version, which credited "Frank Arthur Wilson" as the director, featured additional footage directed by Allan Arkush.[2]

The original version has had several releases on DVD from various budget-line DVD manufacturers.


Roger Corman put up $15,000 of the film's budget.[1]



  1. ^ a b Christopher T Koetting, Mind Warp!: The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures, Hemlock Books. 2009 p 37
  2. ^ "Alternate versions for The Final Comedown (1972)". Retrieved 2007-04-06. 

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