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The Legend of Nigger Charley (1972)

A slave kills a white man in self-defense and heads West towards freedom, pursued by a professional slave hunter.

Director:

Martin Goldman

Writers:

James Bellah (story), Martin Goldman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Williamson ... Nigger Charley
D'Urville Martin ... Toby
Don Pedro Colley ... Joshua
Thomas Anderson Thomas Anderson ... Shadow
Jerry Gatlin Jerry Gatlin ... Sheriff Rhinehart
Alan Gifford ... Hill Carter
Will Hussung Will Hussung ... Dr. Saunders
Gertrude Jeannette Gertrude Jeannette ... Theo
Fred Lerner ... Ollokot
Marcia McBroom ... Leda
Bill Moor Bill Moor ... Walker
Tricia O'Neil ... Sarah Lyons
Tom Pemberton Tom Pemberton ... Willie
Keith Prentice Keith Prentice ... Niles Fowler
Douglas Rowe ... Dewey Lyons (as Doug Rowe)
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A slave kills a white man in self-defense and heads West towards freedom, pursued by a professional slave hunter.

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Taglines:

Somebody warn the West. Nigger Charley ain't running no more.

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1972 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Legend of Black Charley See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)
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Trivia

A.K.A. The Legend of Black Charley. (Via Bounce TV, 1:30AM-3:30AM, 07/06/15) See more »

Connections

Featured in A Century of Black Cinema (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

The Legend of Nigger Charley
Music and Lyrics by John Bennings
Sung by Lloyd Price
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more balanced and interesting than the sequel
21 January 2013 | by PKazeeSee all my reviews

Though SOUL OF N*GGER CHARLEY is more professionally constructed and filmed, I found it less interesting than LEGEND OF N*GGER CHARLEY. To begin with, Fred Williamson is actually called upon to do a bit of acting in LEGEND. Though the character transition is rushed, Williamson initially portrays Charley as hard-working and respectful (his Master has always treated he and his mother with kindness), and later (after having his promised freedom stolen away from him by the cruel, presumptive heir to his Master's estate), as a defiant, avenging hero. In SOUL, on the other hand, he's pretty much a defiant hero from beginning to end, his performance varying only when called upon to show a bit of sadness and remorse near the end.

Further, LEGEND struck me as the more balanced of the two films. In SOUL, there is not a single white man in a featured role who is not portrayed as a villain. In fact, even in smaller roles, the only white men who are not evil are the Quakers who appear very briefly, denying Charley their assistance due to a vow of non-violence. Contrast this with LEGEND in which three of the six white men in featured roles (the original Master, the Sheriff, and the farmer who married a half-breed) are not portrayed as racist. They may be ineffectual, but they're not evil men.

All that said, the story in LEGEND is padded and truly scattered. I would definitely watch it again though... something I cannot say for SOUL.

Finally, I must note the irony that the version of LEGEND on the BLAX FILM disc censors the words "shit" and "ass", but not N*GGER, whereas IMDb allows both "shit" and "ass", but not "the N-word", despite its being in the title of the film!


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