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Boss Nigger (1974)

Two black bounty hunters ride into a small town out West in pursuit of an outlaw. They discover that the town has no sheriff, and soon take over that position, much against the will of the ... See full summary »

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Jack Arnold

Writer:

Fred Williamson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Williamson ... Boss Nigger
D'Urville Martin ... Amos
William Smith ... Jed Clayton
R.G. Armstrong ... Mayor Griffin
Don 'Red' Barry ... (as Don Red Barry)
Barbara Leigh ... Miss Pruitt
Carmen Hayward ... Clara Mae (as Carmen Hayworth)
Carmen Zapata Carmen Zapata ... Margarita
Ben Zeller ... Blacksmith
Sonny Robbins Sonny Robbins ... Bad Foot
Don Hayes Don Hayes ... Park
Jonathan Bahnks Jonathan Bahnks ... Drunk
Sonny Cooper Sonny Cooper ... Wash Lady
Phil Mead Phil Mead ... Mayor's Man
Harry Luck Harry Luck ... Uppity Man
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Two black bounty hunters ride into a small town out West in pursuit of an outlaw. They discover that the town has no sheriff, and soon take over that position, much against the will of the mostly white townsfolk. They raise hell, chase women, and milk the locals for cash, while waiting for the opportunity to get their man. Written by Infofreak

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Part Devil... Part Legend... All Man! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Western

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1975 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Boss See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

The scene with the little boy being trampled to death was done with only one horse. See more »

Goofs

When Boss is being patched up by the good doctor, the doctor uses what appears to be medical tape to get the job done. However, medical tape was invented in the 1920's which was after the end of the Old West era. See more »

Quotes

Boss Nigger: Yeah, sheriff, I wants to thank ya. Sorry, we ain't got time to stay for supper, but we, uh, got some more whities to catch.
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Referenced in The N Word (2004) See more »

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Boss Nigger
vocal by Terrible Tom
orchestration by Mike Terry
music and lyrics written by Leon Moore and Tom Nixon
music production by Tom Nixon
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So-so blaxploitation western which unsuccessfully blends comedy and action.
19 May 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Fred Williamson was one of the greatest of the 1970s blaxploitation stars, but as cool as he is, he can't make this one anything more than very average. Williamson and frequent co-star D'urville Martin ('Dolemite') play bounty hunters on the trail of no-good varmint William Smith ('Invasion Of The Bee Girls', 'The Ultimate Warrior', 'Maniac Cop') who bully the mayor of a small town (Peckinpah regular R.G. Armstrong) into letting them become sheriff and deputy. They make sport of the uptight white townsfolk, grab as much cash as they can, and wait for an opportunity to get their man. 'Boss N*gger' can't decide whether it wants to be a serious western or a spoof of the genre, and the comedy is broad, recycles much of the Cleavon Little schtick from Mel Brooks' 'Blazing Saddles', and is basically just not that funny. But when it takes the material seriously it shows promise, and seeing Fred Williamson battle b-grade legend William Smith is worth the rental. Williamson scripted as well as starred, and would have been better advised not to. It's the lame script that really lets this one down. The cast is good, and the direction, by 1950s monster movie favourite Jack Arnold, is strong enough. Williamson's charisma keeps this afloat, but to be honest, it's nothing special.


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