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Posse (1993)

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.

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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

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Posse: A Vingança de Jessie Lee See more »

Filming Locations:

Florence, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$18,290,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

The opening and closing shots feature all six members of Jesse Lee's posse posing together for a photograph (The Storyteller uses the picture to introduce the characters). All six characters are never on screen together and Father Time is introduced just as Angel is killed. See more »

Quotes

King David: I'm talking about revolution without bullets. Revolution without violence or bloodshed. It's easier to shoot a gun than it is to read a book. It's easier to take a man's life than it is to educate him and teach him about life. It's easier to hate than it is to love.The revolution I'm talking about is a revolution of the mind and the spirit. And education, that's the key. Education leads to freedom. Education is freedom. Education will teach you how to do it yourself as opposed to asking someone...
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Desmond's: Planning Permission (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

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Written by Vesta Williams (as Vesta) and Louis Russell
Performed by Vesta Williams (as Vesta)
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Great history lesson
7 January 2006 | by hopelex1See all my reviews

Thank you Mario Van Peebles for informing us of not only the existence of black cowboys, but providing a compelling story that was easy to follow.

The plot, backdrop, music and talent were all top notch. It was great that you used so many African-American artists to tell the tale of the black cowboy. It was also good to see Billy Zane in this movie. Does he ever play a good guy?

I would highly recommend this film to anyone who wants to broaden their way of thinking. This is an excellent movie and I feel privileged to have seen it. Hopefully, you'll feel the same.


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