Release date1977 (1977) WriterJames Smalley (screenplay), James Smalley (story), J. Walter Smith (scenario) CastTobar Mayo (Abar), J. Walter Smith (Dr. Kincade), Roxie Young (Mrs. Kincade), Gladys Lum (Debbie) GenresBlaxploitation film, Action Film, Science fiction film, Drama film
TaglineHe asked for Equality, he witnessed injustice. He knew Wisdom ... he got Revenge!
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Abar, The First Black Superman is a 1977 blaxploitation film. When it was released on VHS in 1990, it was re-titled In Your Face.
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Upon moving into a bigoted neighborhood, the scientist father of a persecuted black family gives a superpower elixir to a tough bodyguard, who then becomes a superpowered crimefighter.
The film was the brainchild of James Smalley, a black pimp from Louisiana, and Frank Packard, a white actor and screenwriter; it was filmed partly in a working whorehouse. Smalley ran out of money before the film was completed, and had to sell the film to the owner of a film processing lab to settle his unpaid bills.
Originally titled SuperBlack, it was completed in 1975, but not released until 1977, under the name Abar, The First Black Superman; it would be renamed again for VHS release as In Your Face. Its original release was very limited, primarily to what was known as the "Chitlin' Circuit" of Southern drive-ins.
The film was shot in the Baldwin Hills and Watts neighborhoods of Los Angeles without permits to do so, and at one point actual motorcycle gang members who had been hired to play a black motorcycle gang surrounded the cars of the white police officers who had been called in to shut down shooting. The officers chose to stay in their cars.