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Bucktown (1975)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  2 July 1975 (USA)
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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 »

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Director: Bruce D. Clark
Stars: Fred Williamson, Bernie Hamilton, Vonetta McGee
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Duke Johnson
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Thalmus Rasulala ...
Roy
Tony King ...
T.J.
Bernie Hamilton ...
Art Lund ...
Chief Patterson
Tierre Turner ...
Steve
Morgan Upton ...
Sam
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Hambone
Jim Bohan ...
Clete
Robert Burton ...
Merle
Gene Simms ...
Josh
Bruce Watson ...
Bagman
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Jody Maxwell ...
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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 Duke to reopen his late brother's nightclub, and soon the local redneck policemen are intimidating Duke with threats of violence. Duke refuses to pay the bribes they demand, so then he and his lady friend Aretha are threatened and attacked by the crooked cops. Rather than take them on himself, Duke calls on his old pal Roy. Roy brings a few buddies to Bucktown, and they bring justice to the small town. With the redneck cops out of the way, Duke lets his guard down. Then the situation gets out of hand again. Finally, Duke must settle the score himself. Written by veloc <velo_00@yahoo.com>

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Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Bucktown: Panikos stin poli  »

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During the climatic fight between Duke and Roy, Bob Minor (doubling for Thalmus Rasulula) can be seen many times. See more »

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Chief Patterson: You're not going to kill me. News travels fast. It's bound to get to the state troopers. If they ask any questions, you're gonna tell your black mayor to tell them that you're holding the chief of police for breaking thew law. No, you're gonna keep me alive. 'Cause I'm gonna keep you black asses from burning in hell!
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Referenced in Rich Hall's the Dirty South (2010) See more »

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Bucktown Song
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Really great blaxploitation action
11 November 2000 | by (DVD Drive-In) – See all my reviews

I had never seen a Fred Williamson movie before, but BUCKTOWN has converted me into a fan. An incredibly likable hero with intelligence and morals, Williamson is a great actor surrounded by an even better supporting cast.

Duke Johnson (Williamson) returns to bury his brother in his southern town of Buchanan. While there, he encounters corrupt white cops, so he calls his black friends from the city to help him take them out. His only problem: the black gangsters now want control of the town. This plot would later be re-hashed in THE BLACK GESTAPO, by the way.

BUCKTOWN has great action scenes, but even better are the character development scenes and the entire execution of a great storyline. Williamson stands for justice and brotherhood from his entrance; anyone who criticizes his performance in this film is not paying attention. Pam Grier co-stars as Aretha, his sister-in-law turned girlfriend and since this is post-FRIDAY FOSTER, does a superb acting turn here. BLACULA star Thalmus Rasulala (also in FRIDAY FOSTER) is Roy, Duke's friend who takes over the town. Comic relief is provided by Bernie Hamilton as Harley (great, effective character) and Terrie Turner as Aretha's son (annoying, but important character). Carl Weathers makes more of his famous career as a blaxploitation extra as one of Roy's henchmen. At least he speaks here!

BUCKTOWN makes great use of the audience's feelings. At first, the audience empathizes with the black gangsters as they beat the senses out of the corrupt white cops, but then it turns ugly and brutal and the audience then feels bad for the cops. The audience's perceptions of the heroes in the film are constantly corrupted and that is unique for a film of this type. BUCKTOWN is not only recommended to blaxploitation fans, but also for those looking for a film with action, integrity, and intelligence.


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