Jive Turkey

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Released 1974

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Director:
Bill Brame
Released:
1974
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Jive Turkey is an African-American gangster film set in 1953. It follows the exploits of Pasha (Paul Harris), a community-loving, well mannered, yet ruthless gangster. Pasha's game is the numbers racket and he uses his right hand man Sweet Man (Reginald Farmer) and his right hand lady Serene (Tawny Tan) to keep the business running smoothly and handle any usurpers. Throughout the film Pasha deals with conflict both from his rival Big Tony (Frank DeKova) as well as a few dirty cops who want a piece of Pasha's pie. The biggest issue that weighs on Pasha is that Big Tony is not just a rival, but also a childhood friend turned enemy. With traitors on both sides and a constant war for supremacy, not to mention survival, Pasha takes the fight to those who would knock him from his throne. Directed by Bill Brame, this film gives a view of organized crime that many have not seen, nor would expect.
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