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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 ...
Sheriff
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Headman
Bobby Johnson ...
Man Who Is Shot
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Kingston
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Cudjo
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Sarah
Doug Johnson ...
Sam
Errol John ...
Joshua
Kenneth Menard ...
Little Henry (as Ken Menard)
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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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Der Weg der Verdammten  »

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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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Buck: [Charges into the gambling room, kicks down the door, and shoots the men with his double barrel pistols shouting] I'm Buck!
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Featured in Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western (1997) See more »

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A well-done movie about an often ignored subject.
14 November 2003 | by (Riverside, California) – See all my reviews

Buck and the Preacher was the first movie I ever saw about the black experience after the civil war that was centered on their migration west. I've seen this movie three times since it was originally shown, and have enjoyed it as much each time, while Buck, a no-nonsense Wagon Master played by Sidney Poitier takes his responsibilities very seriously. Naive ex-slaves are putting their very lives and fortunes in his hands in their attempt to find the American Dream after slavery. A subtly that many non-blacks do not understand about the relationship of blacks with each other is the historical mistrust and scheming that happens within the culture and still goes on today. That is what makes the meeting of Buck with the Preacher, played by Harry Belafonte Jr. so poignant. They are at opposite ends of the cultural trust scale, but they are forced to team up against a common enemy to secure their individual survival.

The Preacher, shiftless and scheming, and the only stereotypical character in the movie, is very well known to blacks, and not really as funny to blacks as non-blacks may sometimes think.

Buck and the Preacher was one of the first modern movies about black people to provide any depth to the characters, and also to present characters and subject matter that are not normally associated with the black experience. I found it entertaining as well as informative. A well-done move about an often ignored subject.


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