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Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

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Bill O'Neal infiltrates the Black Panther Party per FBI Agent Mitchell and J. Edgar Hoover. As Party Chairman Fred Hampton ascends, falling for a fellow revolutionary en route, a battle wages for O'Neal's soul.


Shaka King


Will Berson (story by), Shaka King (story by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Kaluuya ... Fred Hampton
LaKeith Stanfield ... Bill O'Neal
Jesse Plemons ... Roy Mitchell
Dominique Fishback ... Deborah Johnson
Ashton Sanders ... Jimmy Palmer
Algee Smith ... Jake Winters
Darrell Britt-Gibson ... Bobby Rush
Lil Rel Howery ... Wayne
Dominique Thorne ... Judy Harmon
Martin Sheen ... J. Edgar Hoover
Amari Cheatom ... Collins
Khris Davis ... Steel
Ian Duff ... Doc Satchel
Caleb Eberhardt ... Bob Lee
Robert Longstreet ... Leslie Carlyle

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Fred Hampton, a young, charismatic activist, becomes Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party - putting him directly in the crosshairs of the government, the FBI, and the Chicago Police. But to destroy the revolution, the authorities are going to need a man on the inside.

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Rated R for violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


This film mentions Bobby Seale's humiliation in court during the Chicago 8 trials (until Seale's case was severed). The trials were the focus of The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020), where Fred Hampton appears in a supporting role, played by Kelvin Harrison Jr. Also, that film mentions the assassination of Fred Hampton. See more »


During the police raid on Black Panther headquarters the Chicago P.D. is depicted employing 1966 Ford full-size four-door hardtops. Police units at the time were universally sedans, which when Fords were from the "Custom" line. The Custom line did not include four-door hardtops. See more »


Fred Hampton: Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed
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Black Panther...
26 February 2021 | by Thanos_AlfieSee all my reviews

"Judas and the Black Messiah" is a Biography - Drama movie in which we watch a man who is an informant of the FBI infiltrating the Black Panther Party. He has to gain their trust and give the information he has to the FBI. His work is very difficult and many times is on the ledge.

I liked this movie very much because it was very interesting, full of suspense and it contained many great scenes. Regarding the direction which was made by Shaka King, it was very good and he created a great mysterious atmosphere that was kept through the whole duration of the movie. The interpretations of both Daniel Kaluuya who played as Fred Hampton and LaKeith Stanfield who played as Bill O'Neal were simply amazing and I believe they elevated the movie. Another good interpretation that has to be mentioned was Jesse Plemons' who played as Roy Mitchell. To sum up, I have to say that "Judas and the Black Messiah" is a great biography movie and I highly recommend everyone to watch it.

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Release Date:

12 February 2021 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Fred Hampton Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,070,000, 14 February 2021

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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