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Fast-paced and hard-hitting, this off-beat western tells the tale of a band of African American soldiers who escape the military shortly after the Spanish-American War. They are chased by their bigoted, cruel and plumb-crazy colonel and his henchmen. More trouble comes when the riders discover that a crooked white sheriff is harassing residents of a tiny African-American community.
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Critic Reviews for Posse
Rousing entertainment directed by Van Peebles with a rare sense of purpose and mischief.
Some interesting race-related points are raised, but Van Peebles disappoints by focusing instead on the standard elements of the genre.
An overdirected, overphotographed, overdone movie that is so distracted by its hectic, relentless style that the story line is rendered almost incoherent.
Part of the problem seems to have been that Van Peebles had too much to say.
So-so oater distinguished by Van Peebles' direction, starring.
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.
Western as vanity project
Decent western, some good shootouts and action scenes.
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.
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.More
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.More
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