Movie Quiz: Blaxploitation

Blaxploitation films were by, for and about African Americans. Made cheaply throughout the 1970s, they made stars of performers like Pam Grier and Richard Roundtree and became pop cultural icons.

Below are quotes from 10 blaxploitation classics. Match the quote to the film and to the performer who uttered it. (Note: There are ten quotes and films but only nine actors…that’s because one performer uttered two of those quotes.)





1. “Damn! Looks like my woman is on time.”
2. “When you lead your revolution, whitey better be standing still because you don't run worth a damn no more.”
3. “Trouble? Me? If I was, I wouldn't stand a chance with you, Mama.”
4. “So, you wanna play with knives, huh? Well you picked the wrong player!”
5. “I thought you was better than the white man, Masta. But you is just white!”
6. “You just handle the justice, and I'll handle the revenge myself.”
7. “The men love me, the women love me, the children love me... You're just jealous, Brian, 'cause no one loves you.”
8. “What the hell do the attorney general, the State Department, or even the President of the United States know about one **** thing that's going on up here in Harlem?”
9. “I’m gonna make you sweat one way … and then the other.”
10. “Working some jive job for chump change day after day. Well if that's all I'm supposed to do then they gonna have to kill me 'cause that ain't enough.”
A. Truck Turner (1974)
B. Mahogany (1975)
C. Black Belt Jones (1974)
D. Coffy (1973)
E. Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)
F. Foxy Brown (1974)
G. Dolemite (1975)
H. Super Fly (1972)
I. Mandingo (1975)
J. Shaft (1971)
a. Ken Norton
(yes, the boxer)
b. Diana Ross
c. Rudy Ray Moore
d. Jim Kelly
e. Ron O’Neal
f. Isaac Hayes
g. Richard Roundtree
h. Pam Grier
i. Godfrey Cambridge


About the Author

Robert W. Butler is a lifelong Kansas City area resident, a graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School and the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. For several decades he was the movie editor of the Kansas City Star; he now writes a movie-themed blog at He joined the Library's Public Affairs team in 2012.

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A little originality, please...

Your movie quiz was not good at all. Out of of the books in that library in regards to Black films,subjects, facts, this is all you could come up with? It reminds me of a teenager doing a quickie Wiki and typing in whatever came up. Am I sensing some hidden aggression about the assignment or disdain over the economy? Grow up...This wasn't humourous or insightful. You achieved your goal of being hurtful. Your sarcasm is duly noted. Can we do better?

Thanks for weighing in. The

Thanks for weighing in. The goal certainly was not sarcasm, but rather a celebration of a hugely enjoyable movie genre that was a big part of my youth. Sorry if you took it any other way.

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