Bill Duke

Bill Duke

With a wide range of credits to his name including directing, producing, acting and writing, Bill Duke made an auspicious directorial debut with The Killing Floor. He followed with A Rage in Harlem, based on Chester Himes’ celebrated novel. He went on to direct the action drama Deep Cover, the romantic comedy The Cemetery Club, the hit sequel Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit and numerous other films and television projects..

Mr. Duke received a Cable ACE Award for his direction of American Dream: The Boy Who Painted Christ Black and directed two teleplays for PBS, which received an NAACP Image Award nomination: The Meeting and A Raisin in the Sun, which also earned Duke an Emmy nomination. His acting roles include American GigoloPredator, and Commando.

Commentaries by Bill Duke

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It’s a Wonderful Life

1946
RKO Radio Pictures
Frank Capra was known for such upstanding, optimistic films (“Capra-corn” to the...
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A Raisin in the Sun

1961
Columbia
In this specially filmed trailer producer David Suskind explains why it’s...
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Sweet Sweetback’s Badassss Song

1971
Cinemation Industries
“Rated X by an all-white jury” was the tagline for Melvin Van...
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The Spook Who Sat By the Door

1973
United Artists
“Spook” being both a racial slur and slang for...
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Shaft

1971
MGM
Gordon Parks and Ernest Tidyman transformed the action film with this charismatic, Chandleresque Brooklyn private...
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