The Spook Who Sat by the Door


1h 42m 1973

Brief Synopsis

Dan Freeman is a seemingly mild-mannered social worker who is recruited by the CIA as the agency's token African-American. After Dan quietly absorbs all the CIA has to offer, he leaves for Chicago to put his knowledge of guerilla warfare to use overthrowing a repressive government.

Film Details

Also Known As
Spook Who Sat By the Door
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1973
Premiere Information
not available
Distribution Company
United Artists Films
Country
United States
Location
Gary, Indiana, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)

Synopsis

Dan Freeman is a seemingly mild-mannered social worker who is recruited by the CIA as the agency's token African-American. After Dan quietly absorbs all the CIA has to offer, he leaves for Chicago to put his knowledge of guerilla warfare to use overthrowing a repressive government.

Film Details

Also Known As
Spook Who Sat By the Door
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1973
Premiere Information
not available
Distribution Company
United Artists Films
Country
United States
Location
Gary, Indiana, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)

Quotes

All the yellow nigga's, right?
- Pretty Willie
Man, I am TIRED of that! I am not passing! I am BLACK! Do you hear me, man? I am BLACK! I am a NIGGA', you understand me? I was BORN Black, I -LIVE- Black, and I'm gonna die, prob'ly -BECAUSE- I'm Black, because some Cracker who -KNOWS- I'm Black, better than -YOU-, Nigga', is prob'ly gonna put a BULLET in the back of my head!
- Pretty Willie
You have just played out the American dream...and now, we're gonna turn it into a nightmare.
- Dan Freeman

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Directorial debut of Ivan Dixon.

Though much of the action takes place in Chicago, Illinois, the film was shot in Gary, Indiana.

After the movie premiered in 1973, the FBI seized all the prints, but director Ivan Dixon archived the negative under a different title.

Released in United States 1973

Released in United States August 1997

Based on the novel "The Spook Who Sat by the Door," written by Sam Greenlee and published in the UK in 1969 by Allison and Busby.

Released in United States 1973

Released in United States August 1997 (Shown in New York City (Adam Clayton Powell Gallery) as part of program "Harlem Week 1997" August 1-15, 1997.)