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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
May 14, 1993 Wide
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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.
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