Bucktown, USA (1975)
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Critic Reviews for Bucktown, USA
What began as a genre of films exploiting the black audience by taking their dollars to satisfy a need to see themselves succeed, wore itself thin by developing into a transparent set of conventions.
Agreeable pacing, vivid characters, and an unexpected plot twist makes this perfectly fine viewing.
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Audience Reviews for Bucktown, USA
I ain't no pimp. I'm Walt Disney and this is Disney World. Duke's brother owns a bar in a rough neighborhood. The brother is brutally murdered one night leading to Duke moving into the area to investigate matters. He quickly discovers crooked cops, gangsters, and numerous people taking advantage of the system. Duke hires his own goons and takes justice into his own hands. "Son, do you believe in God?" "Sure. Why not?" "Then you're in the wrong place." Arthur Marks, director of The Monkey Hustle, JD's Revenge, Detroit 9000, Class of '74, Friday Foster, A Woman for All Men, and Bonnie's Kids, delivers Bucktown. The storyline for this picture was pretty straightforward with a badass Robin Hood type there to clean the streets with his merry men. The acting was fairly average and the cast includes Fred Williamson, Pam Grier, and Carl Weathers. "Paying off the street scum is easy. Giving in to them? Impossible!" I was excited to find this on Netflix and decided to give it a viewing. I was a little disappointed by this picture and felt it wasn't as good as Coffee or Foxy Brown. Overall, this is worth watching if you're a fan of blaxploitation pictures but this is far from the best in the genre (Dolemite is still my favorite). "The lord help them that helps themselves." Grade: C
Enjoy it for what it is - a Western stuffed into a blaxsploitation flick (think about it, man comes to a small town to bury his brother, he gets people who want to drive him out, he brings in his own people, they get driven out, then they start their own shit). Or perhaps a Blaxsploitation take on Animal Farm, whatever works. But hey it's got Fred WIlliamson, it's got Pam Grier, it's got fuckin Apollo Creed. It's fun, if not very filling as a full dramatic experience, and it ends on a fight that is so long somewhere Roddy Piper and Keith David are like "C'mon, man, wrap it up B!"
Blacksploitation is one of the most misunderstood film generes. These movies are almost perfect in one sense because they're all like remakes of classic westerns. A lone hero rolls into town, gets the girl, takes out the corrupt sheriff and saves the day. Granted there were NO oscars to be given out for acting or directing but for simple action packed entertainment, you can't go wrong.
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