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Black Snake (1973)

Story of a slave revolt on a 19th-century Caribbean island.

Director:

Russ Meyer

Writers:

Russ Meyer (screenplay), Leonard Neubauer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anouska Hempel ... Lady Susan Walker
David Warbeck ... Sir Charles Walker / Ronald Sopwith
Percy Herbert ... Joxer Tierney
Thomas Baptiste ... Isiah
Milton McCollin Milton McCollin ... Joshua
Bernard Boston Bernard Boston ... Capt. Raymond Daladier
Vikki Richards Vikki Richards ... Cleone
David Prowse ... Jonathan Walker (as Dave Prowse)
Bloke Modisane ... Bottoms
Anthony Sharp ... Lord Clive (as Anthony Sharpe)
Robert Lee Robert Lee ... Informer
Carl Corbin Carl Corbin ... Stalwart
Ebbie Clark Ebbie Clark ... Cart Driver
Sydney A. Harris Sydney A. Harris ... Village Elder
Donna Young ... 1st Running Girl
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Storyline

In 1835, the San Cristobal Island located somewhere in the British West Indies is ruled by sadistic beauty, Lady Susan Walker, who forces the local men to join the black slaves on her sugar cane plantation and either work or die. She's always dressed in black and never lets go of her whip, the black snake. Her latest husband has gone missing making her a real black widow. Her right hand man, impotent, racist and violent Joxer Tierney, is in command of the slaves and he makes sure that they hate him even more than they do her. Young slave Joshua plans a revolt, but his religious father Isaiah is terrified of what might happen if the revolt fails. Sir Charles Walker, the brother of Susan's late husband, goes undercover as Ronald Sopwith to investigate what really happened to his brother. She hires him as the plantation accountant, gives him a black sex slave named Cleone and eventually tries to seduce him. Her sadistic gay assistant may no more about Charles' brother's fate.

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Cane Island atrocities . . . never proved! See more »

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Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1973 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Sweet Suzy See more »

Filming Locations:

St. Nicholas Abbey, Barbados See more »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Trident Films Ltd. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Russ Meyer was reportedly so disappointed about the size of Anouska Hempel's chest that he edited footage of larger breasts into her nude scenes. See more »

Quotes

Lady Susan Walker: Wait! A snake in my tub, will you?
Joxer Tierney: What's going on here?
Lady Susan Walker: Killing him is not the answer. If you want to turn their guts to water, you're gonna have to come up with something special. Their blasted missionary's turned them into 'God-Save-Us' Christians... cramming their woolly heads with empty words like equality, justice and mercy.
Joshua: Honky whore!
Lady Susan Walker: [she slaps him] His only begotten son... Crucify the bastard!
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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema release was cut heavily by the BBFC with edits to all the whipping scenes and shots of Joshua's hands being pierced with nails during the crucifixion scene. The 2005 Fremantle DVD is the fully uncut version. See more »

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Great exploitation stuff!
18 March 2001 | by DJ InfernoSee all my reviews

I saw this movie about 6-7 years ago at the midnight premier on German cable television and I do not wonder why many people don´t know this flick, because it´s the most unusual work director Russ Meyer ever did: there are no women with outsized tits, and the typical grotesque humor is also missing. Instead of it "Black Snake!" is a plain final speech against any form of colonialism, suppression and slavery. Main actress Anouska Hempel leads her plantation like a cruel mistress treats her subordinates, but at the end the exploited revolt and take bitter revenge against their tormentors... Perhaps this film is the most political statement Russ Meyer ever did, although it also contains a big circumference of sexual symbols and a lot of violent sequences. People who love B-movies or the exploitation films from the 70s will surely like this one. However, inveterated Russ Meyer fans should take care: this is not business as usual!!!


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