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Boss Nigger (1975)

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 »

Director:

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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White Man's Town... Black Man's Law! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

This film was originally going to be shot on location in Tucson, Arizona, but this was ultimately dropped when it proved to be too expensive. 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

Miss Pruitt: Good afternoon, gentlemen. And welcome to our town. My name is Miss Pruitt. I'm the schoolteacher here. But I recall living in Boston and my family had black people working for us. You were good people. They used to sing and dance a lot. I used to love to watch them.
Boss Nigger: Thank you for the welcome, Mam. When you get back to Boston, you can tell my people that you just met two niggers who don't know how to sing or dance.
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Referenced in The N Word (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

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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They call him Boss.
20 March 2009 | by JuggertroutSee all my reviews

Two black cowboys ride majestically across the American plain. The music is a kind of funk-Morricone, with a singer enthusiastically explaining that "They call him Boss. BOSS N*GGER!" A black woman is being assaulted by a group of white cowboys, our black heroes intervene and save this damsel in distress.

A blaxploitation Western was bound to happen eventually, and its a good thing Fred Williamson got there first. What Boss N*gger lacks in technical proficiency and skill it makes up for in heart and soul. The music is funktacular, especially the catchy theme tune, and the acting from our heroes is wonderful. Boss N*gger also boasts some very funny lines, such as Boss kissing a white woman, before going, "that's just to satisfy your curiosity."

It's slow at parts, but the idea of two black bounty hunters coming to a white town and setting their own rules is appealing, and the film pulls it off. There are also some great shootouts, especially the finale, which is really quite exhilarating, and features a remarkable, almost downbeat ending. This film is by no means a masterpiece, but it is one of the best blaxploitation films I've seen, and an admirable effort on a small budget.


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