Arkansas, 1875, After shooting 5 men to save a judge and then going into Indian Territory after a lethal outlaw, Bass Reeves becomes the first black deputy marshal west of Mississippi.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Gyasi ... Bass Reeves
Ron Perlman ... Charlie Storm
Frank Grillo ... Bob Dozier
Manu Intiraymi ... Judge Parker
Chris Mullinax ... Marshall Franks
Ashley Atwood ... Jessie Winston
Gianni Capaldi ... Tom Pinkerton
Jaqueline Fleming ... Nellie
Michael Aaron Milligan ... Jim Bruce (as Michael Milligan)
Randy Wayne ... Irish Jack
Marshall R. Teague ... Senator Smith (as Marshall Teague)
Zahn McClarnon ... Sam Sixkiller
Curtis Nichouls ... Pap
David William Arnott David William Arnott ... President Grant (as David Arnott)
John D. Hickman ... Attendant


A movie based on the true life story of Bass Reeves, a legendary tough African American cowboy in the Wild West. Bass Reeves was the first black deputy U.S. marshal west of the Mississippi River. He worked mostly in Arkansas and the Oklahoma Territory. During his long career, he was credited with arresting more than 3,000 felons. He shot and killed 14 outlaws in self-defense Written by lvn_lisa

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Some have postulated that Bass Reeves was an inspiration for The Lone Ranger, the fictional (white) hero who was first created in the 1930s for a long-running radio serial and who continued via popular TV shows, movies, and comic books. This notion was largely promulgated by a single historian, Art T. Burton; in his Reeves biography "Black Gun, Silver Star," Burton wrote, "Bass Reeves is the closest real person to resemble the Lone Ranger" and listed a number of similarities between the real-life Reeves and the Lone Ranger character. However, many other historians have since argued that the similarities between them are too generalized and circumstantial to authoritatively state that the Lone Ranger was definitively based on Reeves. For example, a 2019 Texas Monthly article by Sean O'Neal says that Burton's argument rested on only a few similarities, but "it remains pure speculation; there's never been any conclusive evidence linking the two." O'Neal also argued that the insistence on a possibly spurious folk linkage between Reeves and Bass also serves to "eclipse" Reeves's real-life accomplishments "by the tall tales of an imaginary white man." See more »


Almost all hats used in the movie are modern design. In several shots you can see the tag inside of Ron Perlman's hat. See more »


Gonna Make A Change
Written by Savannah Lathem
Performed by Savannah Lathem
Arranged by Savannah Lathem
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Lame amateurish production unworthy of the true story
12 January 2020 | by daithiosioradainSee all my reviews

Where to start with the issues? Buildings with beautifully fresh and smoothly sawn walls, houses with aluminium roofs, six shooters that didn't need reloading, disjointed action sequences moving at glacial speeds...... Camerawork was crude, used jerkiness and lens flare etc to no benefit. One of the worst films I've seen in the last year, this was inconsistent, uneven, unrealistic and frankly has nothing to commend it except that it chose a story that should be told. Avoid.

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13 December 2019 (USA) See more »

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Hell on the Border See more »

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Bessemer, Alabama, USA See more »

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