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- “Judas and the Black Messiah” premiered in theaters and on HBO Max on February 12.
- The biopic stars Daniel Kaluuya as Chicago Black Panther Party chair Fred Hampton.
- The film is now available to rent from VOD streaming services, like Prime Video and Vudu, for $20.
“Judas and the Black Messiah,” a film based on the 1969 killing of Chicago Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton, has been nominated for six Academy Awards. The movie is now available to rent through services like Prime Video for $20.
“Judas and the Black Messiah” premiered on February 12 in theaters and on HBO Max, but its availability on HBO’s streaming service was only temporary. The movie was removed from HBO Max on March 14, but it could be added back at a later date.
The film chronicles the events leading to the joint FBI and police raid that saw more than 80 shots fired into Fred Hampton’s apartment as he slept. “Get Out” and “Queen & Slim” star Daniel Kaluuya plays Hampton in the film, while Lakeith Stanfield plays the FBI informant tasked with spying on Hampton and the Black Panthers.
For many Black activists, Hampton’s killing exemplified violent methods that racists and the government would use to suppress their movement, sowing years of distrust for Chicago police and federal law enforcement.
Years after Hampton’s death, it was revealed that the FBI had identified Hampton as a radical and launched a campaign to undermine his activism. They planted an informant named William O’Neal within the Black Panther Party to track Hampton’s actions and spread misinformation about Hampton to other Black activist groups in Chicago.
How to watch ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’
“Judas and the Black Messiah” is now available to rent through video-on-demand platforms. The movie premiered on HBO Max on February 12 and remained on the service through March 14. Though it’s no longer available on HBO Max, the film could be added back in the future.
To watch “Judas and the Black Messiah” at home you can rent it through services like Vudu, FandangoNow, Amazon Prime, iTunes, and Google Play. Rentals start at $20 but may vary based on your platform of choice.
Most rental services give you a 30-day period to start watching a movie after you order it. Once you begin playback, you typically get 48 hours before the rental expires. “Judas and the Black Messiah” is available in 4K with Dolby Vision, HDR10, and Dolby Atmos via supported services on compatible devices.
If you want to own a physical copy of the movie, the Blu-ray disc is scheduled for release on May 4.
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