Boss Nigger (The Black Bounty Killer) (1975)
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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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