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The Legend of Nigger Charley (1972)
The Legend of African American Charley
Let's try to remember what this movie was all about. It was about making money to line the studio's pocket so that the could make more important movies. It was not well written or well directed, which accounts for the almost high school like performances from some of the actors. This movie was made give African Americans one more hero to root for during a time when Hollywood was cranking out African American heroes in order to: 1.Satisfy the demand by Black viewers to see faces that they could relate to, 2. TO MAKE MONEY, because the film industry knows that African Americans are probably the greatest consumers in the country and we will buy the tickets, the videos and DVD's, if we like what we see. (If you disagree, just look at some of the buddy films from the late 90's up to today) All of that is to say "The Legend of Nigger Charley" was a below average blaxploitation movie that could have been a much better movie, given the genre and the subject, if the filmmakers had taken the time. As far as the title is concerned, aren't we being a little naive? Let's remember the setting--post civil war America. Let's remember the Jim Crow attitudes of America at that time. A western about escaped slaves roaming the west called, "The Legend of African-American Charley" just doesn't have the same ring to it. Let's also remember, especially those of us offended by the "N"word, that here in the 21st century the "N" word is applied by African Americans in reference to African Americans more than any other ethnic group in America. So while the movie's title doesn't make it any better, we sure shouldn't be shocked. In short, I'd watch the movie again and would put it in my library if I could get a copy.