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


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  (in credits order)

Sidney Poitier ... Buck

Harry Belafonte ... Preacher

Ruby Dee ... Ruth

Cameron Mitchell ... Deshay
Denny Miller ... Floyd

Nita Talbot ... Madam Esther
John Kelly ... Sheriff

Tony Brubaker ... Headman
Bobby Johnson ... Man Who Is Shot

James McEachin ... Kingston

Clarence Muse ... Cudjo

Lynn Hamilton ... Sarah
Doug Johnson ... Sam
Errol John ... Joshua
Kenneth Menard ... Little Henry (as Ken Menard)
Pamela Jones ... Delilah
Drake Walker ... Elder
Dennis Hines ... Little Toby
Fred Waugh ... Mizoo
Bill Shannon ... Tom
Phil Adams ... Frank

Walter Scott ... Earl

John Howard ... George
Shirleena Manchur ... Esther's Girl
La Markova ... Esther's Girl
Hannelore Richter ... Esther's Girl
Valerie Heckman ... Esther's Girl
Stephanie Lower ... Esther's Girl
Enrique Lucero ... Indian Chief
Julie Robinson ... Sinsie
José Carlos Ruiz ... Brave (as Jose Carlos Ruiz)
Ron Fletcher ... Logan
Jerry Gatlin ... Deputy
Ivan Scott ... Express Agent
Bill Cook ... Man in Express Office
John Kennedy ... Bank Teller
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Dierkes ... Townsman in Opening Credits (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Poitier 
Joseph Sargent (uncredited; fired, replaced by Sidney Poitier)
Writing credits
Ernest Kinoy (screenplay)

Ernest Kinoy (story) and
Drake Walker (story)

Produced by
Joel Glickman .... producer
Herb Wallerstein .... associate producer
Harry Belafonte .... producer (uncredited)
Sidney Poitier .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Benny Carter 
Cinematography by
Álex Phillips Jr. (director of photography) (as Alex Phillips Jr.)
Film Editing by
Pembroke J. Herring 
Casting by
Billy Gordon 
Production Design by
Sydney Z. Litwack 
Set Decoration by
Ernesto Carrasco 
Ray Moyer (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Guy C. Verhille  (as Guy Verhille)
Makeup Department
Rosa Guerrero .... makeup artist
Harold Melvin .... hairdresser
Production Management
Sheldon Schrager .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chuck Hayward .... second unit director
Jesús Marín .... assistant director (as Jesus Marin)
Sheldon Schrager .... assistant director
Chris Keiser .... director intern (uncredited)
Drake Walker .... director intern (uncredited)
Art Department
Antonio Mata .... prop master
Sound Department
Tom Overton .... sound mixer
Richard Portman .... dubbing mixer
Eddie Trujillo .... sound intern (uncredited)
Special Effects by
León Ortega .... special effects (as Leon Ortega)
John Ashby .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Peaches Jones .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Kingi .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Shannon .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rafael Delong .... key grip
Luis García .... gaffer (as Luis Garcia)
Emil Oster .... camera operator
Manuel Santaella .... camera operator
Salvador 'Apache' Serrano .... crane grip (as Salvador Serrano)
Ray Zink .... generator operator
Sidney Ray Baldwin .... camera intern (uncredited)
Dennis O'Sullivan .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adolfo Ramírez .... wardrobe (as Adolfo Ramirez Jr.)
Ermon Sessions .... wardrobe (as Erman Sessions)
Editorial Department
Don Dittmar .... color timer
Garner M.J. Morris .... assistant film editor
Jason Starks .... apprentice film editor
Music Department
Else Blangsted .... music editor
Don Brooks .... musician: base harmonica
Brownie McGhee .... musician
Sonny Terry .... musician
Transportation Department
Vern Jacobs .... driver (uncredited)
Paul Muhe .... driver: Chapman crane (uncredited)
Ray Stinton .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Malcolm Atterbury Jr. .... script supervisor
Jose Haro .... location contact
'Chico' Hernandez .... wrangler (as Jose Maria Hernandez)
Maury Nemoy .... titles
Alice Spivak .... dialogue coach
Alfonso Sánchez Tello .... production consultant (as Alfonso Sanchez Tello)
Walter Burrell .... publicist (uncredited)
Carole Gister .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
'Chema' Hernandez .... livestock coordinator (uncredited)
Harry Kryhoda .... auditor (uncredited)
Sherry Meller .... secretary (uncredited)
Esperanza Vasquez .... script supervisor intern (uncredited)

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102 min
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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 »
Factual errors: When Buck eats part of Belafonte's rabbit the meat was white. Wild rabbits don't have white meat, only dark.See more »
Buck:[Charges into the gambling room, kicks down the door, and shoots the men with his double barrel pistols shouting] I'm Buck!See more »
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
the anti-blaxploitation, 21 March 2007
Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA

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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