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Posse (1993)




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This fast-paced, stylized western views the traditional genre from an unusual African-American perspective, presenting the adventures of a group of escaped black soldiers as they attempt to protect a small, African-American community from the evil acts of a corrupt white sheriff.
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Western
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PolyGram Video

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Mario Van Peebles
as Jessie Lee
Richard Jordan
as Sheriff Bates
Stephen Baldwin
as Little J
Charles Lane
as Weezie
Big Daddy Kane
as Father Time
Billy Zane
as Col. Graham
Tone Loc
as Angel
Pam Grier
as Phoebe
Isaac Hayes
as Cable
Paul Bartel
as Mayor Bigwood
Woody Strode
as Storyteller
Richard Gant
as Doubletree
Robert Hooks
as King David
Stephen J. Cannell
as Jimmy Love
Reginald Hudlin
as Reporter
Richard Edson
as Deputy Tom
Aaron Neville
as Railroad Singer
James Bigwood
as Walker
Mark Buntzman
as Deputy Buntzman
Bob Minor
as Alex
Steve Reevis
as Two Bears
Sy Richardson
as Shepherd
Frank Soto
as Aaron
David Jean Thomas
as Head Rower
Eugene Brooks
as Street Performer
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Critic Reviews for Posse

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Part of the problem seems to have been that Van Peebles had too much to say.

Full Review… | July 8, 2011
Combustible Celluloid

So-so oater distinguished by Van Peebles' direction, starring.

April 23, 2007

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.

Full Review… | October 9, 2006

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
Phil Hubbs

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It's a goofy, mid-'90s, Mario Van Peebles-directed, blaxploitation western, with a lot of cheese and a charismatically sinister performance by Billy Zane as the villain. Posse sounds like a great concept on paper, but it doesn't take long to see why it turned out to be a schlockfest in Van Peebles' hands. His performance as the lead is probably the most dull and wooden of the entire cast.

Schmoog Lebowski
Schmoog Lebowski

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

danny d
danny d

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