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Posse (1993)

R | | Western | 14 May 1993 (USA)
In 1898 Cuba, five Buffalo Soldiers find a gold cache, desert and return to America where they help defend a black town from the KKK, all the while trying to avoid capture by lawmen and military authorities alike.

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Mario Van Peebles
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mario Van Peebles ... Jesse Lee
Stephen Baldwin ... Jimmy J. 'Little J' Teeters
Charles Lane ... Weezie
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Obobo (as Tiny Lister)
Big Daddy Kane ... Father Time
Billy Zane ... Colonel Graham
Blair Underwood ... Carver
Melvin Van Peebles ... Papa Joe
Salli Richardson-Whitfield ... Lana (as Salli Richardson)
Tone Loc ... Angel
Pam Grier ... Phoebe
Vesta Williams Vesta Williams ... Vera (as Vesta)
Isaac Hayes ... Cable
Richard Jordan ... Sheriff Bates
Paul Bartel ... Mayor Bigwood
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Storyline

A group of mostly black infantrymen return from the Spanish-American War with a cache of gold. They travel to the West where their leader searches for the men who lynched his father. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The Untold Story of the Wild West See more »

Genres:

Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Posse See more »

Filming Locations:

Florence, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,311,902, 16 May 1993

Gross USA:

$18,289,763

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,289,763
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A production assistant was specifically assigned to follow Tone Loc around between set-ups as he constantly wandered off-set, usually to the craft service table. See more »

Goofs

When Jesse Lee is fighting Colonel Graham in the burning building, the Colonel's eye-patch moves about between shots. See more »

Quotes

King David: When you start killing for a dream, you usually end up killing the dream too. That's what hell is, watching your dreams die. Your education will set you free.
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Crazy Credits

There are scenes from the film, historical photographs of black cowboys, posters of early back westerns and clips from two early black westerns and "Once Upon A Time in the West' seen behind the closing credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

For "Posse's" Australian theatrical run, the love scene was considerably cut to receive an M rating. The uncut version was released on VHS and DVD with the original MA rating. See more »


Soundtracks

Tell Me
Written by Vesta Williams (as Vesta) and Louis Russell
Performed by Vesta Williams (as Vesta)
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surreal unconventional Afro-American western
21 September 1999 | by camel-9See all my reviews

Visually stunning, extremely rich in detail, fast action sequences, innovative camera movements, and an historic interpretation of afro-americans settling in the west in the late 800's, this movie is highly unconventional. The more recent "Wild Wild West" has some similarities, "The Ballad of Cable Houge" comes to mind. Using comedy, fantasy, surrealism, the plot has a group of afro-americans traveling with a case of gold, chased by a posse. They join a settlement of afro-americans in the West, which while free by law, are reminded by the neighboring white towns that their liberty of action does not border out of their free town, and their law does not apply to white people. In a poignant scene, the only white man, who was in the original group of afro-americans with the case of gold, is brutally killed in public view by the white neighbors, almost to demonstrate that a white folk that joins the black folks has reached his lowest social status, lower that simply a black man, which by law cannot be killed without reason.


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