Buy now: GORDON'S WAR
After four years spent in Vietnam, a black war veteran by the name of Gordon Hudson comes back home to Harlem to find the neighborhood overrun by addicts and drug dealers. To make things even more tragic, his own wife had become dependent on drugs and lost her life. This enrages Gordon who, with the help of his three army friends, decides to purge Harlem of the problem that swallowed the home he knew before leaving for war. Gordon's War is superbly directed by Ossie Davis, famous actor/director/activist, who does not let the film get sidetracked, but manages to maintain fast-paced, action-focused storytelling throughout. And the action scenes really succeed at putting you on the edge of your seats, which is even more impressive when you know that the movie was done without a second unit.
The acting is fierce, and, on a side note, marks the feature debut of Grace Jones. Lead actor Paul Winfield, coming from a stunning performance just a year earlier in Sounder, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, and paving the way for his many Emmy nominations and subsequent win in 1995, proves a perfect choice to embody a man that has nothing left to lose, as one of the more memorable heroes of the 70s blaxploitation era.