Move over Luke Cage.
Step aside, Black Panther
Have a seat, Shaft.
An under-appreciated Black hero is due some shine.
In the film "The Spook Who Sat by the Door" (1973, Rated PG), a Black man plays an "Uncle Tom" in order to gain access to CIA training, then uses that knowledge to plot a new American Revolution.
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"In "The Spook Who Sat by the Door," Dan Freeman (Lawrence Cook), a mildmannered, bespectacled, black social worker who seems to know his place, allows himself to become the token by which the Central Intelligence Agency becomes integrated.
There is, of course, no thought of ever sending Dan into the field. Black men, otherwise invisible, have a tendency to be conspicuous as spies. They stand out. Dan is kept around the home office where he says "yes, sir" and "no, sir," and escorts sightseeing parties through the nonclassified sections. That, however, is just one side of Dan.
The other side is Dan Freeman as the superblack nationalist. After Dan has learned everything that the C.I.A. has to teach him about guerilla warfare and weaponry, he returns to Chicago to orgnize a black revolution that, at the end of the film, is about to bring white America to its knees."
- excerpted from The New York Times