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The Spook Who Sat By the Door

The Spook Who Sat By the Door

The Spook Who Sat By the Door

1973 / 102min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: IVAN DIXON

CAST: LAWRENCE COOK, JANET LEAGUE, PAULA KELLY, J.A. PRESTON

The first black desk agent in a newly-integrated CIA (Lawrence Cook) goes to an inner-city Chicago guerilla group with his government training and starts planning a coup of his own, the preparations set to a stirring Afrofuturist score courtesy Herbie Hancock. Dixon, star of Nothing But a Man, adapt’s Sam Greenlee’s novel for his debut, an impassioned call to direct action that had a major theatrical release before being quietly smothered by its distributor.

The Spook Who Sat by the Door is screening as part of Metrograph A to Z, a collection of films we think everybody should see.