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1 March 1977 (USA) See more »
A black soldier returns from fighting for the Union in the Civil War only to find out that his mother has been murdered by a gang of white thugs. He becomes a bounty hunter, determined to track down and kill the men who killed his mother. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fred Williamson ... Joshua

Cal Bartlett ... Jed (as Calvin Bartlett)
Brenda Venus ... Sam's Wife

Isela Vega ... Mexican Woman
Bud Stout ... Rex (as Budd Stout)
Henry Kendrick ... Sam
Ralph Willingham ... Weasle
Kathryn Jackson ... Martha, Josh's Mom
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stonewall Jackson ... Pete, Raider (uncredited)
Stacey Newton ... 5th Raider (uncredited)
Neil Summers ... Sheriff (uncredited)

Directed by
Larry G. Spangler  (as Larry Spangler)
Writing credits
Fred Williamson (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Larry G. Spangler .... producer (as Larry Spangler)
Lee B. Winkler .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mike Irwin 
Film Editing by
James E. Nownes 
Production Management
Bob Manning .... production manager
Art Department
Steve Willenberg .... props
Sound Department
Craig Felburg .... sound mixer (as Creigh Felburg)
Don Widdows .... boom operator
Tom Morga .... stunt coordinator
Neil Summers .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Eaplan .... second camera operator
Hank Grattan .... key grip
Robert Hopkins .... camera operator
Bobbie Isenbers .... camera assistant
Al York .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Chip Graramella .... assistant editor
Other crew
Dusty Bryan .... production assistant
Ali Hassan .... auditor
Christine M. Loss .... script supervisor (as Christine Loss)
Larry G. Spangler .... presenter (as Larry Spangler)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
UK:12 | USA:R (original rating) | USA:PG (re-rating) (1977)
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Joshua:Five? I killed nearly twice that many in the war.See more »


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An embarrassingly inept theme song subtracts from overall approval., 23 April 2006

Someone, even if the star of the film Williamson himself, should have never allowed this film to reach the public with the simplistic kindergarten theme song played in the opening credits as well as various times through the film. No one would be expecting the music editor to make a monumental catchy theme along the lines of the Bonanza theme or Issac Hayes' Shaft. With such a humble production, the task of the music department would be to merely stay out of the way and not detract from the overall end product. Unfortunately, the music in this film fails miserably and detracts from any momentum that the average acting gains. Williams is pretty good in the lead role and his stoic approach is in tune with the Western gunslinger theme. A prologue showing Abraham Lincoln's picture is mumbled and difficult to hear so seeing as it doesn't add to the film it should have been left out all together. Williamson appears to struggle at times on the horse, having to kick it too many times then winding up with his hat falling around his neck and sending him bobbing too harshly. The real sin here remains the theme song. With three seconds of effort my "Anty Up, Black horse, black hat, black rider...cowboy...Whew Whew" "Move along Black hat, black horse, black rider, go go " would be annoying, but less so than the instrumental that was settled for. Also it is not as if 1975 did not have a dearth of talent to make a worthy theme at a low budget price. While Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder would be unaffordable, an even exchange of exposure for talent could have been worked out with someone like Billy Preston, Bob Grusin or Randy Crawford churning out a passable theme track.

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