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Posse (1993)

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Writer, director, and star Mario Van Peebles tried to correct historical misconceptions about African-Americans on the frontier with this action-packed western that's also an homage to spaghetti Westerns. During the Spanish-American War, a squadron of black soldiers led by Jesse Lee (Van Peebles) is assigned a dangerous mission behind enemy lines in Cuba by evil Colonel Graham (Billy Zane). Joined by a white gambler, Little J (Stephen Baldwin), the troupe is to recover a chest of gold. Realizing

Nov 24, 1998

PolyGram Video

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Rousing entertainment directed by Van Peebles with a rare sense of purpose and mischief.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Some interesting race-related points are raised, but Van Peebles disappoints by focusing instead on the standard elements of the genre.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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An overdirected, overphotographed, overdone movie that is so distracted by its hectic, relentless style that the story line is rendered almost incoherent.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Part of the problem seems to have been that Van Peebles had too much to say.

July 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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So-so oater distinguished by Van Peebles' direction, starring.

April 23, 2007
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Van Peebles' second indie is a rousing hip-hop Western that flaunts lurid visuals at the expense of coherent narrative and sharp characterixation; a trivial and messy exercise in style.

October 9, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Western as vanity project

December 17, 2004
Film Journal International

Decent western, some good shootouts and action scenes.

July 14, 2003
About.com

A stylized mess.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Posse

Interesting idea to focus on the forgotten black cowboys of the west but unfortunately Peebles doesn't do this age any justice with this bad embarrassing wannabe mess.

The problem here is Peebles has gone down the silly shoot 'em up route where maybe a more sensible approach could of worked wonders. The other problem is the film is pretty close to B-movie territory with a very average D-list cast and poor looking action sequences. Plus every single western cliche has been thrown in alongside every single modern action flick cliche too, its like a John Woo movie in the wild west.

Its a cliched western of course as you would expect but it all looks slightly cheap with bad editing. Other things spoil its potential such as certain moments where characters use the swear word motherf*cker which I doubt is accurate for the time methinks. Also the way Peebles has clearly tried to make himself look as super cool as possible is cringeworthy. His costume looks like its from a graphic novel of a dark brooding anti-hero whilst everyone else looks relatively accurate for the era. Talk about giving yourself the best role with the best looking duds.

Billy Zane does add some class and laughs into the situation but his character is so stupid. He basically plays a regular out n out villain, with redneck tendencies naturally, who just happens to be wearing civil war era attire. This character could be placed in any action movie in any setting and it wouldn't make any difference, he would still be exactly the same and the film would be exactly the same. He's just a plain villain, he has nothing to do with the era he's placed in other than the fact he's wearing civil war uniform. A good evil turn from Zane sure but the character is such a stereotypical Hollywood bad guy.

Basically Peebles has gone for the slick rock n roll 'Young Guns' approach mixed with silly action movie cliches...but has failed on both counts. A more realistic film could have been a winner as this subject hasn't been touched upon much in Hollywood. Nail in the coffin for me was the quite hideously out of place rap track over the end credits, errr...no.
August 6, 2014
phubbs1

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I actually quite like this film although it isn't without its flaws. Mario Van Peebles does a great job behind the camera but not a great job in front of it. Zane hams it up as always but Baldwin, Hayes and daddy Van Peebles make it worth watching.
September 30, 2009
SirPant

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this was better than expected. it wasnt great, but it had its bright spots.
December 11, 2007
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Rather trashy blaxploitation reinvention of the western, much more in the anachronistic spirit of Young Guns than Unforgiven (Tone Loc doesn't even TRY to act like a cowboy!). It's amusingly dumb, particularly the sequences involving backward gun totin' redneck Stephen Baldwin, but it takes itself a lot more seriously than it should. Nice to see some cameos by stars of the original blaxploitation films of the 70s though.
July 14, 2007
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