Posse (1993)


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Movie Info

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.

Rating: R
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Sy Richardson, Dario Scardapane
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 24, 1998
PolyGram Video


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Critic Reviews for Posse

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9)

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

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

An overdirected, overphotographed, overdone movie that is so distracted by its hectic, relentless style that the story line is rendered almost incoherent.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | May 14, 1993
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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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.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

this was better than expected. it wasnt great, but it had its bright spots.

danny d

Super Reviewer

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