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Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah
Judas and the Black Messiah
Judas and the Black Messiah
  • R
  • 2h 5m
  • 2021
Certified Fresh97%
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FBI informant William O'Neal infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton. A career thief, O'Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell. Hampton's political prowess grows just as he's falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson. Meanwhile, a battle wages for O'Neal's soul. Will he align with the forces of good? Or subdue Hampton and The Panthers by any means, as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover commands?
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh97%
Critics Consensus: An electrifying dramatization of historical events, Judas and the Black Messiah is a forceful condemnation of racial injustice -- and a major triumph for its director and stars.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Informative Black Panther drama has violence, language.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Judas and the Black Messiah tells the story of FBI informant William O'Neal's (LaKeith Stanfield) time with the Black Panther Party's Chicago chapter and its leader, Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya). The film focuses on the racial injustice of the time, including Hampton's eventual death at the hands of the U.S. government. Along with heavy themes about racial, social, and economic injustice, there are scenes involving or alluding to prison violence and torture, gun violence, and violence carried out by local, state, and national governments. Scenes with alcohol and drugs and allusions to sex are also involved, and there's lots of strong language, including both slurs and four-letter words ("f--k," "s--t," the "N" word, and more). Parents and teens who watch together can discuss the power of teamwork and working as a coalition, the history of America's civil rights movement, and how we can learn from the past to help improve the present and future.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:February 12, 2021
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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