Cool Breeze

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Cool Breeze (1972, USA) is a Blaxploitation-Crime film directed by Barry Pollack.


Main Details

  • Released in 1972
  • Color
  • Running Time: 101 Min.
  • Production Co: Penelope Productions Inc.
  • Distribution Co: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) (1972) (USA) (theatrical) | MGM-EMI (1972) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Directed by Barry Pollack
  • Written by W.R. Burnett (novel), Barry Pollack
  • Starring Thalmus Rasulala, Judy Pace, Jim Watkins, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Margaret Avery, Pam Grier
  • Produced by Gene Corman
  • Original Music by Solomon Burke
  • Cinematography by Andrew Davis
  • Film Editing by Morton Tubor


  • He hit the Man for $3 million. Right where it hurts. In the diamonds. And baby, that's cold.


Cool Breeze is loosely based on W. R. Burnett's 1949 novel, and is a remake of the 1950 film The Asphalt Jungle with a predominately all-black cast. Sidney Lord Jones is a convicted felon who is granted an early release by the parole board in San Quentin. While imprisoned, he learns about the underworld diamond trade from reading and studying trade magazines. It motivates him to plan a heist to steal $3 million worth of diamonds from the largest diamond brokerage on the Pacific Coast. After his release, Jones returns to Los Angeles and proposes the idea to ‘the Money Man’ Bill Mercer and "Stretch" Finian, in hopes that Mercer would provide the $50,000 seed money needed to setup the heist. (Wikipedia)

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