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The Final Comedown

The Final Comedown(1972)

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According to MPAA records, the film was also released under the title Blast. Modern sources also list Hollywood as an alernate title of the film. Before the opening credits roll, a montage is shown of black boys playing touch football in an alley, "Johnny Johnson" waking up in bed as the camera pans to posters of Angela Davis and Huey Newton on the wall of his room, "Mrs. Johnson" driving her car on the way to work and a little girl sleeping as a rat crawls from her windowsill onto the floor where it bites her doll's leg.
       The onscreen credit for writer Jimmy Garrett reads "and Jimmy Garrett from his play We Own the Night this film was born." Although there is a 1972 copyright statement for Oscar Williams and Associates, Inc., on the film, it was not included in the copyright records. Williams' onscreen credit reads: "Written for The Screen, Produced and Directed by Oscar Williams." Ulvis Alberts is credited onscreen as "Art Dir & Still Photog." Although onscreen credits read "Introducing Cal Wilson and John Johnson," Wilson had previously made his screen debut in the 1970 film Halls of Anger (see below), and The Final Comedown was Johnson's first and only screen appearance. Onscreen credits contain the following written acknowledgment: "The Filmaker received a production grant from the American Film Institute." According to New York magazine, AFI gave an $11,000 grant to Williams, who had previously worked as an intern on Bullitt and The Great White Hope ( and below, respectively), and Williams raised the rest of the financing privately. The Final Comedown marked Williams' feature film debut, as well as the first starring role in a motion picture for Billy Dee Williams, who was not related to Oscar Williams.
       Among other institutions thanked in the onscreen credits is The Inner City Institute for the Performing Arts, the Queen Bee Restaurant and the Harambee Clothing Store.