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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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Deshay
Denny Miller ...
Floyd
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Headman
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Man Who Is Shot
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Cudjo
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Doug Johnson ...
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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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The Preacher: Plan on taking all 8?
Buck: Three of 'em upstairs.
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Featured in Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western (1997) See more »

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Well done film, but underwhelming by today's standards
23 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We tend to forget that in 1972, in the heart of the whole "blaxploitation" movement, that the very idea of casting African-Americans in traditional white roles was daring in and of itself. As such, Buck and the Preacher, starring Sidney Poitier (who also directed) and Harry Belafonte in the titular roles must have created quite a stir upon its release. The story is pretty standard for a western--a wagon train heading west, led by a tough-as-nails trail guide, is harassed by outside forces (usually bandits or American Indians), but in this case, the settlers are all freed slaves, and the "outside forces" are hired guns by the south, bend on stopping every black settler group, destroying their supplies (and murdering a few of their people), thus terrorizing them into returning to the plantations. Former military sergeant Buck (Poitier) will have none of that, and the slick-talking con man "Preacher (Belafonte), whose initial intentions may seem questionable, mans up and does the right thing, joining forces with Buck for a typical final showdown. A fun western, to be sure, but if you're looking for deeper social commentary that what has already been described, you won't find it. A traditional western with an African-American cast is daring as it gets in 1972, but don't let that keep you away. The original score by Benny Carter, heavy on the mouth harp and that weird pig-sounding instrument they use on Green Acres, will annoy the hell out of you yet stay with you for days.


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