Netflix’s Da 5 Bloods follows war vets in Vietnam, and concludes with a post-credits scene featuring director Spike Lee. Here’s the deeper meaning.
Now streaming on Netflix, Da 5 Bloods follows four Black veterans looking for gold in Vietnam, and concludes with a post-credits scene featuring director Spike Lee. Because the streaming service automatically transitions to a new title, many viewers are missing out on the final moment. Da 5 Bloods released on June 12, 2020.
Da 5 Bloods chronicles the shared experiences of Paul (Delroy Lindo), Otis (Clarke Peters), Melvin (Isiah Whitlock Jr.), and Eddie (Norm Lewis). The four war veterans return to Vietnam to not only locate the remains of their fallen comrade Stormin’ Norman (Chadwick Boseman), but also to find gold they’d hidden decades before. Jonathan Majors co-stars as Paul’s son David, and Jean Reno portrays a French businessman who’s curious about the lost loot. Da 5 Bloods was written by Lee, Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo, and Kevin Willmott.
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In Da 5 Bloods on Netflix, the final credits scene doesn’t necessarily punctuate the 155-minute storyline. Instead, the brief sequence celebrates the experiences of the cast and crew, and also references a line of dialogue from Whitlock Jr.’s Melvin. During an eight-second clip, a wide shot shows the cast and crew staged before a Vietnamese temple, with all of them yelling “shit,” but in the style of Melvin when he learns that a member of LAMB (Love Against Mines and Bomb) — Paul Walter Hauser as Simon — asks whether his share will be $1 million. Melvin then replies with an extended variation of “shit” that sounds like “sheeeeeeiiiiitttttt.” Comedic as the moment may be in Da 5 Bloods on Netflix, it’s a meta reference to Whitlock Jr.’s prior roles.
Whitlock Jr. originally uttered the now-famous “shit” line in Lee’s 2002 film 25th Hour. He portrays Agent Flood, and comedically taunts Edward Norton’s Monty Brogan after locating hidden drugs. He holds the evidence in both hands, and stares down Brogan: “Sheeeiiitttt… Mr. Brogan, I do you believe you’re f**ked.” In pop culture, however, the line is commonly associated with Whitlock Jr.’s character in The Wire, an acclaimed HBO series that aired from 2002 to 2008. In a 2018 A.V. Club interview, Whitlock Jr. revealed that he’s asked to say the line “at least once per day,” and that “depending on where I am in the city, it could be two or three times.”
The post-credits scene in Da 5 Bloods features a small cameo from the director Lee, who appears center frame behind a large slate prop. The sequence ends with the filmmaker yelling “cut.” Thirty-five years ago, Lee made his acting debut as Mars Blackmon in his 1985 film She’s Gotta Have It, which inspired his Netflix series of the same name. The Da 5 Bloods director has appeared in several of his other films over the years — in this case, though, Lee’s cameo celebrates the production aspect of the film and precedes the final image: the logo of his production company 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks.
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