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Joshua (1976)

R | | Drama, Western | 1 March 1977 (USA)
A black soldier returns from fighting for the Union in the Civil War only to find out that his mother has been murdered by a gang of white thugs. He becomes a bounty hunter, determined to track down and kill the men who killed his mother.

Director:

Larry G. Spangler (as Larry Spangler)

Writer:

Fred Williamson (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Williamson ... Joshua
Cal Bartlett ... Jed (as Calvin Bartlett)
Brenda Venus Brenda Venus ... Sam's Wife
Isela Vega ... Maria
Bud Stout Bud Stout ... Rex (as Budd Stout)
Henry Kendrick ... Sam
Ralph Willingham Ralph Willingham ... Weasel
Kathryn Jackson Kathryn Jackson ... Martha - Josh's Mom
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A black soldier returns from fighting for the Union in the Civil War only to find out that his mother has been murdered by a gang of white thugs. He becomes a bounty hunter, determined to track down and kill the men who killed his mother.

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Drama | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Rider See more »

Filming Locations:

Monument Valley, Utah, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Po' Boy Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Joshua: Five? I killed nearly twice that many in the war.
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Should Have Been a Pretty Good Blaxploitation Western
22 February 2016 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

With the Civil War just ended a Union soldier by the name of "Joshua" (Fred Williamson) is looking forward to starting a new life and is on his way to meet his mother who had been staying with a young couple who are about to be married. Unfortunately, upon arriving there he learns that 5 men have killed his mother and abducted the young woman (played by Brenda Venus). Since the trail is still relatively fresh and the posse has abandoned the search Joshua decides to hunt down the murderers on his own. And none of these outlaws have ever faced anything so deadly. Now rather than reveal any more of this movie I will just say that it had a fairly interesting plot. However, the music played during several of the action scenes was rather annoying, the character development needed improvement and some of the scenarios lacked any sense of realism. To top it off, I didn't especially care for the ending either. In essence then, what should have been a pretty good Blaxploitation Western turned out to be slightly below average and I recommend it only to those who might be interested in a film of this sub-genre.


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