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Posse (1993)

R | | Western | 14 May 1993 (USA)
A group of mostly black infantrymen return from the Spanish-American War with a cache of gold. They travel to the West where their leader searches for the men who lynched his father.

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A group of mostly black infantrymen return from the Spanish-American War with a cache of gold. They travel to the West where their leader searches for the men who lynched his father. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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From the director of "New Jack City" See more »

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Western

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Rated R for strong violence and sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »
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14 May 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Posse: A Vingança de Jessie Lee  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$18,290,000 (USA)
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A production assistant was specifically assigned to follow Tone Loc around between set-ups as he constantly wandered off-set, usually to the craft service table. See more »

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There is a modern USA Flag (with 50 stars) flying outside the school in Freemanville. See more »

Quotes

Mayor Bigwood: You boys will get a fair trial as God is my witness
Papa Joe: Is that the same God that witnessed you putting black folks into slavery and stealing Indians' land?
Mayor Bigwood: You ought to be working on saving your black soul.
Papa Joe: Shit. I'm working on saving my black ass.
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There are scenes from the film, historical photographs of black cowboys, posters of early back westerns and clips from two early black westerns and "Once Upon A Time in the West' seen behind the closing credits. See more »

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References A Fistful of Dollars (1964) See more »

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I Think to Myself
Written by Mike Fields and John Preziosa
Performed by 'Top Choice Clique'
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Black gold
17 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Posse is a stylish but messy modern yet revisionist black western from actor/director Mario Van Peebles which does suffer from a flabby middle part.

Billy Zane relishes as the sadistic yet curiously camp Colonel Graham who sends some of his men on a mission to rob Spanish gold but intends to kill them all afterwards.

Some of these men are black including Jessie (Van Peebles) and they manage to escape but Graham and his gang are behind them. However Jessie has demons from the past and rides to a town to avenge the death of his preacher father which includes the nasty sheriff (Richard Jordan.)

The film is bold, brash, anachronistic as well as a history lesson on the impact of African Americans on the western genre which has been swept under the carpet of history.

Van Peebles is doing too much and loses focus on the narrative of this film hence why the middle sags before picking up again. Some of the acting is broad The script is uneven, its over directed but Van Peebles manages to still fire the film with enough mischief and helped out by his actors such as Blair Underwood, Woody Strode, Paul Bartel, Richard Jordan and Billy Zane.


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