The Black Panther

  • 1977
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime

THE BLACK PANTHER is the true story of Donald Nielson, the British kidnaper and killer. His nefarious career lasted three brief years from 1972, when he began robbing post offices, until his arrest for the murder of a teenage heiress in 1975. As the title character, Sumpter does good work in allowing us a peek into the inner recesses of a madman's mind....read more

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THE BLACK PANTHER is the true story of Donald Nielson, the British kidnaper and killer. His nefarious career lasted three brief years from 1972, when he began robbing post offices, until his arrest for the murder of a teenage heiress in 1975. As the title character, Sumpter does good

work in allowing us a peek into the inner recesses of a madman's mind. The film was made in 1977, when the memory of the Panther was still fresh in the memory of the British public, thus lots of what is seen may seem unintelligible to someone looking at it years later. The libel laws in Great

Britain are such that producers take great care when dealing with cases still pending. In the film, so much is glossed over or shunted aside that those viewers not familiar with the newspaper and television accounts of the Black Panther (so named because he wore a black hood with eye slits) will

have a problem understanding much of the story. An earnest try at a docu-drama but a misfire.

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  • Released: 1977
  • Rating: NR
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