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Bucktown (1975)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 2 July 1975 (USA)
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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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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Release Date:

2 July 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bucktown: Panikos stin poli  »

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Sound Mix:

(Glen Glenn Sound)



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1.85 : 1
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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 »


Roy: You listen Aretha. You show me anybody who gives a damn about anybody else and I'll show you a fool; a damn fool. Who go through life with their hands out, begging instead of grabbing. Do you think anybody here in this town is any different? They don't give a damn who gets killed, just so long as the dice keep rolling, the hos keep hoing, and the money keeps flowing. It all revolves around the 'Big G' baby - the Big Green.
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Referenced in Taxi Driver (1976) See more »


Bucktown Song
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Good Blaxploitation Movie
16 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is a really really terrific blaxploitation movie made in 1975. It's a really low down and dirty, gritty drama, just the way they should be. The acting is way above par, great story, great direction, and the whole movie looks good. It holds your interest for the entire movie. It has some of the best, most realistic fight sequences I have ever seen, plus, it has Pam Grier in it!

The movie's star is Fred Williamson, who really turns in a great performance. Pam Grier plays a supporting role and it's some of her best acting. The other starring actor is a guy named Thalmus Rasulala, who is terrific.

The story line goes something like this:

Duke (played by Fred Williamson) comes to a town to bury his brother who died. His brother owned a bar called The Alabama. This particular town is a mini, sleazy, version of Vegas (the actual city used for the filming seems to be Kansas City, Mossouri,) a town that attracts low rent tourists because of its gambling and prostitution. It's going to take a while for Duke to settle his brother's estate, so he hangs around town and reopens his brother's bar. After two of the town's cops come in and expect a percentage of the proceeds from the bar's receipts, he realizes that the entire town is run by a corrupt, white, police force. He won't stand for it, so he calls in his big city friend Roy (Thalmus Rasulala) to come to town with some thugs to kick some ***. The crew comes to town and they make short work of the brutal white police force. Duke is quite grateful for the help.

However, when his friend Roy realizes how much money the police were extorting from the town, he realizes that he fell into a gold mine. Instead of going back to the big city that the thugs came from, they install themselves as the new police force in town and extort even more money and are more brutal than the white police force that they eliminated. This doesn't make Duke happy, especially when his friend Roy's thugs start harassing his friends and his new girlfriend (Pam Grier). Finally, Duke gets the fed up with it, and has to turn on his friend Roy and put an end to it.

There's only one of him and a bunch of thugs to conquer, so he steals a tank and crashes through the police station where the thugs are camped out. He eliminates the thugs single-handedly and then "dukes" it out with his friend Roy in a spectacular fight sequence. And, yes, Pam Grier gets nude once.

Highly recommended.

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