6.4/10
267
7 user 8 critic

The Legend of Nigger Charley (1972)

A slave kills a white man in self-defense and heads West towards freedom, pursued by a professional slave hunter.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A gangster in Harlem must rescue his ex-wife, who has been kidnapped by the Mafia.

Director: Larry Cohen
Stars: Fred Williamson, Julius Harris, Gloria Hendry
Black Caesar (1973)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Tommy Gibbs is a tough kid, raised in the ghetto, who aspires to be a kingpin criminal. As a young boy, his leg is broken by a bad cop on the take, during a payoff gone bad. Nursing his ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Cohen
Stars: Fred Williamson, Gloria Hendry, Art Lund
Bucktown (1975)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Duke Johnson visits a small Southern town, intent on burying his brother. After the funeral, he learns that he must stay for 60 days, for the estate to be processed. A few locals convince ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Marks
Stars: Fred Williamson, Pam Grier, Thalmus Rasulala
Foxy Brown (1974)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A voluptuous black woman takes a job as a high-class prostitute in order to get revenge on the mobsters who murdered her boyfriend.

Director: Jack Hill
Stars: Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas, Peter Brown
Truck Turner (1974)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Truck is a bounty hunter who gets a job to track down a guy named Gator. When he and his partner find him, a chase ensues and Gator is killed. This makes Gator's woman, Dorinda, very angry ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Kaplan
Stars: Isaac Hayes, Yaphet Kotto, Alan Weeks
Hammer (1972)
Crime | Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A dock worker becomes a prizefighter, but gets mixed up with a crooked manager. A sympathetic L.A. detective tries to set him straight, but he won't listen. His manager, who is also a drug ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce D. Clark
Stars: Fred Williamson, Bernie Hamilton, Vonetta McGee
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson are two black cops with a reputation for breaking the odd head. Both are annoyed at the success of the Reverend Deke O'Mailey who is selling trips ... See full summary »

Director: Ossie Davis
Stars: Godfrey Cambridge, Raymond St. Jacques, Calvin Lockhart
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

After saving a Black Panther from some racist cops, a black male prostitute goes on the run from "the man" with the help of the ghetto community and some disillusioned Hells Angels.

Director: Melvin Van Peebles
Stars: Melvin Van Peebles, Simon Chuckster, Hubert Scales
The Mack (1973)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Goldie returns from five years at the state pen and winds up king of the pimping game. Trouble comes in the form of two corrupt white cops and a crime lord who wants him to return to the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Campus
Stars: Max Julien, Don Gordon, Richard Pryor
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The story involves a white supremist plot to taint the United States water supply with a toxin that is harmless to whites but lethal to blacks. The only obstacles that stand in the way of ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Parks Jr.
Stars: Jim Brown, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Thomas Anderson ...
Shadow
Jerry Gatlin ...
Sheriff Rhinehart
...
Hill Carter
Will Hussung ...
Dr. Saunders
Gertrude Jeannette ...
Theo
...
Ollokot
...
Leda
Bill Moor ...
Walker
...
Tom Pemberton ...
Willie
Keith Prentice ...
Niles Fowler
...
Dewey Lyons (as Doug Rowe)
Edit

Storyline

A slave kills a white man in self-defense and heads West towards freedom, pursued by a professional slave hunter.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Somebody warn the West. Nigger Charley ain't running no more.

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 October 1972 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

The Legend of Black Charley  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(TVC)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

A.K.A. The Legend of Black Charley. (Via Bounce TV, 1:30AM-3:30AM, 07/06/15) See more »

Connections

Followed by The Soul of Nigger Charley (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Eyes of God
Music and Lyrics by John Bennings
Sung by Lloyd Price
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
more balanced and interesting than the sequel
21 January 2013 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Though SOUL OF N*GGER CHARLEY is more professionally constructed and filmed, I found it less interesting than LEGEND OF N*GGER CHARLEY. To begin with, Fred Williamson is actually called upon to do a bit of acting in LEGEND. Though the character transition is rushed, Williamson initially portrays Charley as hard-working and respectful (his Master has always treated he and his mother with kindness), and later (after having his promised freedom stolen away from him by the cruel, presumptive heir to his Master's estate), as a defiant, avenging hero. In SOUL, on the other hand, he's pretty much a defiant hero from beginning to end, his performance varying only when called upon to show a bit of sadness and remorse near the end.

Further, LEGEND struck me as the more balanced of the two films. In SOUL, there is not a single white man in a featured role who is not portrayed as a villain. In fact, even in smaller roles, the only white men who are not evil are the Quakers who appear very briefly, denying Charley their assistance due to a vow of non-violence. Contrast this with LEGEND in which three of the six white men in featured roles (the original Master, the Sheriff, and the farmer who married a half-breed) are not portrayed as racist. They may be ineffectual, but they're not evil men.

All that said, the story in LEGEND is padded and truly scattered. I would definitely watch it again though... something I cannot say for SOUL.

Finally, I must note the irony that the version of LEGEND on the BLAX FILM disc censors the words "shit" and "ass", but not N*GGER, whereas IMDb allows both "shit" and "ass", but not "the N-word", despite its being in the title of the film!


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page