Boss Nigger (The Black Bounty Killer) (1975)
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A black cowboy saves a frontier town from both the law and the bad guys in this western written by and starring Fred "The Hammer" Williamson. Boss (Williamson) is an African-American bounty hunter traveling though the Wild West with his best friend and sidekick Amos (D'urville Martin), gunning down wanted men and claiming the rewards when they make their way into town. When Boss bests a man in a gunfight, he discovers the victim had an invitation to become sheriff of San Miguel, a town under the control of notorious outlaw Jed Clayton (William Smith). Boss and Amos head to San Miguel, hoping to claim the hefty reward for capturing Clayton, but they discover the corrupt and venal Mayor Griffin (R.G. Armstrong) has to be bullied into making a black man sheriff. When Boss shoots two of Clayton's henchman during a barroom brawl, it brings the outlaw out of hiding, but it also makes life dangerous for anyone who dares to side with Boss, including Clara Mae (Carmen Hayworth), a beautiful woman he rescued from an ambush that claimed her father. Boss also finds time for a romantic assignation with Miss Pruitt (Barbara Leigh), the town's pretty schoolmarm, and Amos's new career as deputy allows him to interpret certain laws to his own advantage. Boss Nigger was also distributed under the less controversial title The Black Bounty Hunter, and has been released on home video simply as Boss. … More
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I've always enjoyed Western; I find it to be an exciting and quite often underrated genre of cinema. I say underrated because a lot of people think these films are simply for an older audience, and I simply believe that isn't true, ands in turn, many viewers will miss out on well made movies that are highly entertaining and fun. This Blaxsploitation piece Boss n***er is a well made film that has a pretty good story and effective acting from Fred Williamson. The film has a very interesting story that should appeal to viewers who enjoy a good Western. The film has plenty of flaws, but what makes this one worth checking out is the good action and the performance of Williamson alone. The soundtrack is like 1970's porn music, which is a bit odd, but it fits with the style of the movie. Quentin Tarantino has been influenced by such works, and it shows in his latest directorial effort Django Unchained. Jack Arnold, director of The Creature from the Black Lagoon directs this picture with flair, and in terms of a low-budget film, this one delivers some good entertainment value for what it is. Now, this is my first attempt at viewing a piece of blaxsploitation cinema, and I quite enjoyed it. Williamson makes it worth seeing and an essential viewing for fans of low-budget picture. Most of the time, these movies are far better than big budget pictures and they get away with so much more. Sure, the story is a bit cheesy and unpolished, but that's the whole point. Worth seeing if you enjoy these types of films.
Blaxploitation/Western. Can't get any better than that. :D
Two black cowboys ride majestically across the American plain. The music is a kind of funk-Morricone, with a singer enthusiastically explaining that "They call him Boss. BOSS N*GGER!" A black woman is being assaulted by a group of white cowboys, our black heroes intervene and save this damsel in distress.
A blaxploitation Western was bound to happen eventually, and its a good thing Fred Williamson got there first. What Boss N*gger lacks in technical proficiency and skill it makes up for in heart and soul. The music is funktacular, especially the catchy theme tune, and the acting from our heroes is wonderful. Boss N*gger also boasts some very funny lines, such as Boss kissing a white woman, before going, "that's just to satisfy your curiosity."
It's slow at parts, but the idea of two black bounty hunters coming to a white town and setting their own rules is appealing, and the film pulls it off. There are also some great shootouts, especially the finale, which is really quite exhilarating, and features a remarkable, almost downbeat ending. This film is by no means a masterpiece, but it is one of the best blaxploitation films I've seen, and an admirable effort on a small budget.
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