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Black Snake (1973)

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Story of a slave revolt on a 19th-century Caribbean island.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anouska Hempel ...
Lady Susan Walker
David Warbeck ...
Sir Charles Walker / Ronald Sopwith
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Joxer Tierney
Thomas Baptiste ...
Isiah
Milton McCollin ...
Joshua
Bernard Boston ...
Capt. Raymond Daladier
Vikki Richards ...
Cleone
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Jonathan Walker (as Dave Prowse)
Bloke Modisane ...
Bottoms
Anthony Sharp ...
Lord Clive (as Anthony Sharpe)
Robert Lee ...
Informer
Carl Corbin ...
Stalwart
Ebbie Clark ...
Cart Driver
Sydney A. Harris ...
Village Elder
Donna Young ...
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Story of a slave revolt on a 19th-century Caribbean island.

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Russ Meyer's Sweet Suzy... she ain't no lady! See more »

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10 August 1973 (West Germany)  »

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Black Snake: The Whip  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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Director Russ Meyer stated in an interview that this film was his "statement" film against racial bigotry. See more »

Quotes

Lady Susan Walker: Wait! A snake in my tub, will you?
Joxer Tierney: What's going on here?
Lady Susan Walker: Killing him is not the answer. If you want to turn their guts to water, you're gonna have to come up with something special. Their blasted missionary's turned them into 'God-Save-Us' Christians... cramming their woolly heads with empty words like equality, justice and mercy.
Joshua: Honky whore!
Lady Susan Walker: [she slaps him] His only begotten son... Crucify the bastard!
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It is so bad it is good
20 March 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I had to watch this film because the plot was so outrageous and the film lived up to expectations. In fact it makes for quite uncomfortable viewing at times. Unlike other Meyer films, the sexual antics are down to a minimum. Some of the scenes of violence are unnecessarily gratuitous and offensive. The plot is chaotic and some of the acting and lines are dreadful.

The film is a strange combination of sado-masochistic fantasy combined with a window of the brutality and immorality of the slavery and fails on all counts. It's as though Meyer was trying to make up for the sexploitation/ blackploitation by having a higher moral message. Meyer knows we feel a bit guilty about getting turned on by the blatant dominatrix connotations of the early scene showing Lady Susan wielding a whip in a provocative outfit. He then tries to steer back to the righteous path by turning it into a film about the triumph of good over evil. However, because they cancel each other out, you end up with nothing.

Because it so bad in so many ways, it is actually worth watching if you appreciate the art of making an awful film in the worst possible taste. Perhaps, because it is so bad, we almost let Meyer get away with the unacceptable.


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