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Buck and the Preacher (1972)

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A wagon master and a con-man preacher help freed slaves dogged by cheap-labor agents out West.

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Buck
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Preacher
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Ruth
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Deshay
Denny Miller ...
Floyd
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Madam Esther
John Kelly ...
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A wagon master and a con-man preacher help freed slaves dogged by cheap-labor agents out West.

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The fight was against the raiders... but the feud was between themselves!


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17 March 1972 (West Germany)  »

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First time director Sidney Poitier took over the job from Joseph Sargent when he became dissatisfied with the film's point of view. See more »

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When Buck eats part of Belafonte's rabbit the meat was white. Wild rabbits don't have white meat, only dark. See more »

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The Preacher: Plan on taking all 8?
Buck: Three of 'em upstairs.
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the anti-blaxploitation
21 March 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Sidney Poitier made his directorial debut with "Buck and the Preacher", in which he played a wagon-master leading freed slaves across the Old West. The whole time, they have to battle night-riders trying to return them to slavery in Louisiana. But then, Poitier joins up with Harry Belafonte, a reformed thief spreading the Gospel across the Old West, and they figure out a way to protect the freed slaves.

Probably the most important aspect of this movie was that it came out around a time when Hollywood was releasing many blaxploitation movies portraying African-Americans as kick-ass brothers and sisters with hearts of gold. This one focused seriously on a part of black history in the United States, and did a very good job at it. I certainly recommend this movie. Also starring Ruby Dee and Denny Miller (a character actor who appeared twice on "Gilligan's Island").


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