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Harold Stone (screenplay)
Larry G. Spangler (story)
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4 October 1974 (Denmark) See more »
Nigger Charley Is On The Loose Again. And This Time He's Got His Soul Brothers With Him! WATCH OUT!
After the end of the Civil War, Charley fights against a group of Southern soldiers seeking to reignite the Confederacy. | Add synopsis »
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Better made, but less interesting, than LEGEND OF N*GGER CHARLY See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order)

Fred Williamson ... Charley

D'Urville Martin ... Toby

Denise Nicholas ... Elena

Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Sandoval (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
Kirk Calloway ... Marcellus
George Allen ... Ode

Kevin Hagen ... Colonel Blanchard
Michael Cameron ... Sergeant Foss
Johnny Greenwood ... Roy
James Garbo ... Collins

Nai Bonet ... Anita

Bob Minor ... Fred

Fred Lerner ... Woods
Joe Henderson ... Lee

Richard Farnsworth ... Walker (as Dick Farnsworth)

Tony Brubaker ... Aben
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Donovan
Al Hassan ... Vet
Eddie Hice ... Mexican (as Ed Hice)

Henry Wills ... Mexican
Phillip Avenetti ... Pedro (as Phil Avenetti)

Directed by
Larry G. Spangler 
Writing credits
Harold Stone (screenplay)

Larry G. Spangler (story)

Produced by
Steve Bono .... associate producer
Larry G. Spangler .... producer
Original Music by
Don Costa 
Cinematography by
Richard C. Glouner (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Howard Kuperman 
Art Direction by
Gene Rudolf 
Makeup Department
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist (as Montague Westmore)
Production Management
Ann Kindberg .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Angelo Laiacona .... assistant director
Art Department
Allan Gordon .... property master (as Allen Gordon)
Sound Department
Vincent Connelly .... sound effects editor (as Vince Connelly)
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recordist
Special Effects by
A. Paul Pollard .... special effects (as Paul Pollard)
Fred Lerner .... stunt coordinator
Bob Minor .... stunt coordinator (as Robert Minor)
Tony Brubaker .... stunts (uncredited)
Troy Ward .... stunts (uncredited)
Casting Department
Frank Kennedy .... extras casting: locations (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lambert Marks .... wardrobe master
Location Management
Jack N. Young .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Don Costa .... conductor
Ralph Ferraro .... composer: additional music
Ralph Ferraro .... orchestrator
Albert Sendrey .... composer: additional music (as Al Sendrey)
Albert Sendrey .... orchestrator (as Al Sendrey)
Other crew
Renata Stoia .... script continuity
Michael Kennedy .... production assistant (uncredited)

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109 min
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Better made, but less interesting, than LEGEND OF N*GGER CHARLY, 21 January 2013
Author: PKazee from New York

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!

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