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Thomasine & Bushrod (1974)

 -  Action | Crime | Western  -  10 April 1974 (USA)
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A rare blaxploitation classic starring Vonette McGee & Max Julien, Thomasine & Bushrod was intended as a counterpart to Bonnie and Clyde. This pair of thieves, who operate in the American ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Julien ...
J.P. Bushrod
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Thomasine
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U.S. Marshal Bogardie
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Jomo J. Anderson
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Pecolia
Joel Fluellen ...
Nathaniel
Jackson D. Kane ...
Adolph Smith
Bud Conlan ...
Mr. Tyler
Kip Allen ...
Jenkins
...
Scruggs
Herb Robins ...
Dodson
Harry Luck ...
Sheriff
Jason Bernard ...
Seldon
Paul Barby ...
Teller
Scott Britt ...
Frank
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A rare blaxploitation classic starring Vonette McGee & Max Julien, Thomasine & Bushrod was intended as a counterpart to Bonnie and Clyde. This pair of thieves, who operate in the American south between 1911 and 1915, pattern themselves after Robin Hood and hold the White Establishment as (a 'modern-day') Sheriff of Nottingham. Here's the clincher-- Thomasine and Bushrod steal from rich, white capitalists, then give to Mexicans, Native Americans and poor whites. Written by Ratiera L. Harrison

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Driven By Love...And Bank Robbing

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Action | Crime | Western

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When Bushrod cuts down the two hanged kids, the harness part around their bodies is apparent where it connects to the rope's neck loop at the back of their shirt collars. See more »

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Thomasine and Bushrod
Written by Arthur Lee
Sung by Arthur Lee
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An overlooked gem!
22 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow, this movie is far, FAR better than I expected.

First of all, it has been referred to as being of the "blacksploitation" genre. This is not appropriate, IMO. It has none of the braggadocio of that genre, nor does it portray whites as complete bumbling idiots. This is simply an excellent western that just happens to have two black leads. (FWIW, I'm white.)

There is plenty of action, but much more emphasis on the characters feelings, as any good movie should have. This isn't a zany romp, like (say) Buck & the Preacher, but a serious look at two complicated individuals.

The film is excellent. It reminds me more of Butch Cassidy than Bonnie & Clyde. The two leads are excellent actors, and have great chemistry between them. Vonetta McGee literally gives an Oscar-worthy performance. Seriously. She pulls a great range of emotions out of what would otherwise be an average script.

The plot is well worked-out, considering the genre, with no clichés to be found. The cinematography and score are both first rate. While I wouldn't call this a "must see" film (how many of those are there, really?) it is a fine piece of work.

I gave it an 8. If the screenplay had been just a little better (the low-point of the entire production) this could have been a 9 - 10.

Don't pass this up if you get a chance to see it.


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