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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 »

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 ... Doctor (as Don Red Barry)
Barbara Leigh ... Miss Pruitt
Carmen Hayward ... Clara Mae (as Carmen Hayworth)
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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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

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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Connections

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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Better than Williamson's JOSHUA - but not by much
17 December 2009 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

I had wanted to see this movie for a long time, but I could never find it in any video rental stores. The reason for that probably is the provocative title. I finally got a copy of it for a Christmas present and I sat down to enjoy it. I found some things about the movie enjoyable. As others have said here, the title song is very memorable, though the funk music score elsewhere in the movie is equally enjoyable despite not being western-flavor. Also, Williamson's performance here is great. He makes for a charismatic (and amusing) hero that you hope will succeed, and his abusing of the racist town citizens is good for some laughs.

In fact, Williamson's performance comes close to saving the movie - but the movie ultimately disappoints. It's a low-budget movie, with frequent camera set-ups that were obviously set up quickly. As Williamson's sidekick, D'Urville Martin is mostly wasted. In fact, it wouldn't take very much rewriting to remove his character from the script. Speaking of the script, it is filled with scenes that seem to fill no purpose, and partly because of that the movie is VERY slow-moving at times. If all this fat were cut out, the movie would be much, much shorter-running.

If you decide to watch this movie, a warning about the DVD. Although it's presented at its correct aspect ration (2.35:1), the print looks very crummy, and the audio is weak as well.


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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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