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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mario Van Peebles ... Jesse Lee

Stephen Baldwin ... Jimmy J. 'Little J' Teeters

Charles Lane ... Weezie

Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Obobo (as Tiny Lister)

Big Daddy Kane ... Father Time

Billy Zane ... Colonel Graham

Blair Underwood ... Carver

Melvin Van Peebles ... Papa Joe

Salli Richardson-Whitfield ... Lana (as Salli Richardson)

Tone Loc ... Angel

Pam Grier ... Phoebe
Vesta Williams ... Vera (as Vesta)

Isaac Hayes ... Cable

Richard Jordan ... Sheriff Bates

Paul Bartel ... Mayor Bigwood

Stephen J. Cannell ... Jimmy Love

Richard Edson ... Deputy Tom

Nipsey Russell ... Snopes

Reginald VelJohnson ... Preston

Woody Strode ... Storyteller

Reginald Hudlin ... Reporter 31

Warrington Hudlin ... Reporter #2

Aaron Neville ... Railroad Singer
James Bigwood ... Walker
Mark Buntzman ... Deputy Buntzman
Ismael Calderon ... Spanish Soldier
Tracy Lee Chavis ... Susan
James E. Christopher ... Town Drunk
Lawrence Cook ... Cook

Richard Gant ... Doubletree
Thomas Stephen Hall ... Deputy Errol (as Thomas Steven Hall)

Robert Hooks ... King David
Sandra Ellis Lafferty ... Big Kate
Jeffrey Lloyd Layne ... Little Joseph
Robert May ... John, the Blacksmith
T.J. McClain ... Monty

Christopher Michael ... Izzy

Bob Minor ... Alex

Steve Reevis ... Two Bears

Sy Richardson ... Shepherd
Dario Scardapane ... Photographer
Frank Soto ... Aaron (as Frank A. Soto)

David Jean Thomas ... Head Rower
Mark Twogood ... Wallace

Karen Williams ... Dilsey
Geo Cook ... Iron Brigade
Mike Cook ... Iron Brigade (as Michel Cook)
I. Keith Cunningham ... Iron Brigade
Andrew J. Gregory ... Iron Brigade
Will 'Nahkohe' Strickland ... Iron Brigade
Eugene Brooks ... Street Performer
Shon Evans ... Street Performer
Shydi Evans ... Street Performer
Damian Johnson ... Street Performer
Anthony R. Walker ... Street Performer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clabe Hartley ... Klikai
Troy Antoine LaFaye ... Extra (uncredited)

Sonny Skyhawk ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Mario Van Peebles 
Writing credits
Sy Richardson (written by) and
Dario Scardapane (written by)

Produced by
Tim Bevan .... executive producer
James Bigwood .... associate producer
Eric Fellner .... executive producer
Bill Fishman .... co-executive producer
Jim Fishman .... co-producer
Preston L. Holmes .... producer
Jim Steele .... producer
Paul Webster .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Michel Colombier 
Cinematography by
Peter Menzies Jr. (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Mark Conte 
Seth Flaum 
Casting by
Pat Golden 
Production Design by
Catherine Hardwicke 
Art Direction by
Kim Hix 
Set Decoration by
Tessa Posnansky 
Costume Design by
Paul A. Simmons Jr.  (as Paul Simmons)
Makeup Department
Alvechia Ewing .... makeup artist
Tina Sims .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
James Bigwood .... unit production manager
Debra D. Jeffreys .... production supervisor
Graham Stumpf .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
H.H. Cooper .... second assistant director
Bob Minor .... second unit director
Joseph Ray .... first assistant director
Tod Swindell .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Chris Barnes .... key scenic artist
Laura Cartwright .... carpenter
Chris Dileo .... leadman
Simon Dobbin .... assistant art director
Eduardo H. Esparza .... carpenter
Bill Holmquist .... construction coordinator
Joel Jaspan .... carpenter
Terry Kempf .... construction foreman
Larry D. Koszakovszky .... prop assistant
Bill Land .... set dresser
Matt Marich .... set dresser
Jon P. Mooers .... painter
Aaron Newton .... construction foreman
Keith Van Velson .... carpenter
Mark Worthington .... assistant art director
Brick Mason .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kevin Bartnof .... foley artist
Lance Brown .... sound editor
Rickley W. Dumm .... assistant sound editor
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Kurt Kassulke .... sound re-recording mixer
Lance Laurienzo .... first assistant sound editor
Anthony Milch .... sound editor
Michael Miller .... re-recording projectionist
Jay Nierenberg .... sound editor
Jeffrey Perkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeff Porrello .... boom operator
Troy Porter .... foley mixer
Don Sanders .... production sound mixer
Dean St. John .... adr recordist
Bruce Stambler .... supervising sound editor
Shawn Sykora .... supervising foley editor
Tim Tuchrello .... assistant sound editor
Richard E. Yawn .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Thomas C. Ford .... special effects
Ed Adams .... utility stunts
Shane T. Anderson .... utility stunts (as Shane Anderson)
Brian Barham .... utility stunts
Bing Blenman .... utility stunts
Jophery C. Brown .... utility stunts (as Jophery Brown)
William Paul Brown .... utility stunts (as Billy Brown)
Tony Brubaker .... utility stunts
Michael Stewart Collins .... utility stunts
Danny Costa .... utility stunts
Elvenee Dees .... utility stunts
Kip Farnsworth .... utility stunts
George Fisher .... utility stunts
Stephen J. Foster .... utility stunts
Ray Gamboa .... utility stunts
Bill Getzwiller .... utility stunts
J.B. Getzwiller .... utility stunts
John Todd Hall .... utility stunts
Joey Hamlin .... utility stunts
Clifford Happy .... utility stunts (as Cliff Happy)
Chuck Hart .... utility stunts
Gene Hartline .... stunts
Gene Hartline .... utility stunts
Bobby Lee Hayes .... utility stunts
Johnny Hock .... utility stunts (as John Hock)
Clint James .... utility stunts (as Clinton G. James)
Robert Jauregui .... utility stunts
Ronald Jaynes .... utility stunts (as Ron Jaynes)
Robin C. Larson .... utility stunts (as Robb C. Larson)
Cody Lee .... utility stunts (as Cody J. Lee)
Julius LeFlore .... utility stunts
Fred Lerner .... utility stunts
Jimmy Lewis Jr. .... utility stunts (as Jim Lewis Jr.)
Chuck Long .... utility stunts
Dwayne McGee .... utility stunts
Stan McMurtrie .... utility stunts
Walt Mikolwski .... utility stunts
Bob Minor .... stunt coordinator
Bennie Moore .... utility stunts (as Benny Moore)
Scott Rogers .... utility stunts
Tony Shackelford .... utility stunts
Forrie J. Smith .... utility stunts (as Forrie J. 'Forest' Smith)
Boots Southerland .... utility stunts
Neil Summers .... utility stunts
R.L. Tolbert .... utility stunts
Tierre Turner .... utility stunts
D.C. Warren .... utility stunts
William Washington .... utility stunts (as Billy Washington)
Eddie L. Watkins .... utility stunts (as Eddie Watkins)
Robin Wayne .... utility stunts
Grant Wheeler .... utility stunts
Byron Wilkerson .... utility stunts
Gerard G. Williams .... utility stunts (as Gerard Williams)
Rodd Wolff .... utility stunts
Ivan Red Wolverton .... utility stunts (as Red Cloud Wolverton)
Kip Wolverton .... utility stunts (as Kip Lorren Wolverton)
Ray Woodford .... utility stunts
Ron James .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dante Cardone .... gaffer
Clifton Dance .... grip (as Cliff Dance)
Michael S. Epley .... dolly grip
Randy Feemster .... camera operator: "b" camera
Fred A. Garcia .... camera intern
Glen Holland .... electrician
Mansur Johnson .... grip
Kyle T. MacDowell .... electrician
Danny McCallum .... best boy electric
Oscar H. Stevens II .... video assist playback
Chris Wagganer .... assistant camera
Tony Whitman .... key grip
Eric Wycoff .... lighting technician
Casting Department
Monica R. Cooper .... extras casting
Jack N. Young .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Blanca Garcia .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Mark Bourgeois .... apprentice film editor
Susan Godfrey .... additional assistant film editor
Robert Hoffman .... post-production coordinator
Bob Kaiser .... color timer
Sean K. Lambert .... assistant film editor
David Lewis Smith .... apprentice film editor
F. Scott Taylor .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Transportation Department
Mike Painter .... transportation
Jim Petti .... transportation
Brian Steagall .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Jeffery J. Boggs .... Naked lady wrangler
Holly Edwards .... animal wrangler
Clint James .... wrangler (as Clinton G. James)
J. David Keefe .... film runner
J. David Keefe .... production assistant
William S. Knight .... production assistant
Robin C. Larson .... wrangler (as Robb C. Larson)
Elizabeth Ludwick-Bax .... script supervisor (as Elizabeth Ludwick)
Andy Mayson .... financial controller: Working Title
Jacobus Rose .... production executive
Tammie Starlin .... wrangler
Scott Stravitz .... set medic
Tod Swindell .... location manager
Chris Swinney .... fire suppression
Byron Wolverton .... wrangler
Ivan Red Wolverton .... livestock coordinator (as Red Cloud Wolverton)
Kip Wolverton .... head wrangler (as Kip Lorren Wolverton)
Margery Wolverton .... wrangler (as Margie Wolverton)
Wendy Wolverton .... wrangler
Gary Harper .... Gatling gun expert (uncredited)
Robert Workman .... production assistant (uncredited)
King David Lee .... in memory of (as Rev. King David Lee)
Abe Richardson .... in memory of

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Rated R for strong violence and sexuality, and for language
111 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Factual errors: At the beginning, the man is describing a Colt "Peacemaker" pistol. The pistol he is holding in his hand and showing is actually a Remington 1875 pistol.See more »
Jimmy J. 'Little J' Teeters:Damn! Who turned out the lights? Just a little humor. Have to admit I'm funny, ain't I?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Psych: High Noon-ish (#4.3)" (2009)See more »
If I Knew Him at AllSee more »


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6 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Good Concept, but it falls short, 2 July 2002
Author: pv71989 from Fort Worth, Texas

When I heard about and saw the trailers for "Posse" I was eagerly waiting for the film's release. African-Americans made up fully a third of all cowboys in the Old West, but were virtually non-existent in Hollywood's Old West, except as train porters or mammies. The only real black cowboy seen by most Americans was Woody Strode, thanks to John Ford ("Sergeant Rutledge," "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, "How the West Was Won"), Richard Brooks ("The Professionals") and Italian filmmakers ("Once Upon a Time in the West," "The Revengers," "The Unholy Four").

"Posse," written, produced and directed by Mario Van Peebles, had promise. Unfortunately, it gets bogged down by cliches and a tired storyline. A rousing climax almost saves the film, though.

The movie begins with a stark history lesson about the true accomplishments of blacks in the Old West, as told to Reginald and Warren Hudlin by an old man (the legendary Woody Strode). He then segues into the fictitious story of Jesse Lee...

Lee (Mario Van Peebles) and his men are getting cut to pieces by the Spanish during the Spanish-American War while their commanding officer (a slimy, but effective Billy Zane) drinks Cognac miles away. Lee complains about the conditions and is arrested. Zane later promises to exonerate him and his men if they will pull off a mission for him -- namely to steal valuable documents from the Spanish. Stephen Baldwin is thrown in with Lee's gang because he's a troublemaker Zane wants to get rid of. The group pulls off the mission, but, instead of finding documents, they find gold bullion. They also find Zane and his cohorts waiting at the rendezvous point with guns to finish them off. Unfortunately for Zane, his men are like Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders -- long on bravado, short on skill. Lee's men, having been in combat, get the drop on Zane, kill most of his men and flee back to America as wanted men. (By the way, the method they use to get out of Cuba and back to America is original, but very creepy).

The middle part of the film is spent showing Lee and his men (rapper Tone Loc, Baldwin, a whiny aide and a few spares) heading to New Orleans, where they meet up with Big Daddy Kane. They also run into Zane, who has been tracking them. The whole tracking plotline is hard to believe (remember how long it took John Wayne to track down Natalie Wood in "The Searchers"?), but it makes for good shootouts.

Eventually, Lee and his men make it back to Lee's hometown, a black township full of freedmen. Such townships were numerous in the Old West, but survived only at the whim of white county officials (watch "Rosewood" for an example of what they often suffered from). The town is run by Richard Jordan as a greedy sheriff in cahoots with some crooked county officials. Throw in Zane and his own posse, along with a Gatling gun and you get the rousing climax.

Mario Van Peebles is not much of an actor, but he has enough range and skill to carry the burden of being Jesse Lee. Baldwin is not quite up to par with brothers Alec and Daniel, but he holds his own, especially when he meets his demise at the hands of fellow whites. I liked Big Daddy Kane's soft-spoken, but proud and defiant, role as Father Time and the way he kept looking at his pocket watch before doing anything. Tone Loc was a waste, though, since he kept rapping like it was 1998 instead of 1898.

The town basically had one purpose and that was to show off an impressive cast of black stars -- Melvin Van Peebles, Pam Grier, Reginald Vel Johnson and Nipsey Russell, among others. Of course, having a cameo meant biting the bullet (literally) in the finale.

By the way, another problem for "Posse" was its setting. Many contributions and accomplishments by African-Americans came during the years following the Civil War, from 1865-1890. Black soldiers became the vaunted Buffalo Soldiers who protected white settlers and tracked down Geronimo. Freed blacks moved west in droves as homesteaders and as cowboys on cattle drives because many white men had been killed or maimed during the war. Black townships sprang up in Oklahoma and Arkansas. Black lawmen like the legendary Bass Reeves were in abundance, especially in Oklahoma and Texas. By 1898, blacks were in a decline (despite their bravery in the Spanish-American War) that would not be reversed until World War I. Surely, Van Peebles could have drawn up a storyline set between 1865 and 1890.

"Posse" has a lot going for it. It's too bad Mario Van Peebles went for cliches, shootouts and tired storylines meant to sell tickets rather than tell a good story. "Unforgiven" and "Tombstone" showed you can do both.

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