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"White Man's Town... Black Man's Law!"

Boss Nigger; directed by Jack Arnold, written, co-produced and also starring ex-pro footballer Fred Williamson is a film that was released during the apogee of the Black Power movement and is referred to as a blaxploitation film as it was marketed toward mainly black audiences. New York Times writer Vincent Canby praised the project describing it as "a pleasant surprise if you stumble upon it without warning." Canby considers Boss Nigger to be a noteworthy film of its genre: "Most black Westerns either ignore race or make it the fundamental point of the movie. Boss Nigger somehow manages to do both quite successfully."

The film opens in classic Western style with a gang of bandits besieging a helpless wagon. Without hesitation the brave bounty hunters, Boss (Fred Williamson) and Amos (D'Urville Martin) mix their gunplay into the fray and ultimately save Clara Mae (Carmen Hayworth) and leave a pile of dead bodies in the dirt.

Among the dead are several wanted men whose bodies will fetch a fine price for Boss and his partner. They soon discover that one of the deceased carries on his person a letter from mayor Griffin (R.G. Armstrong) of San Miguel offering him the open sheriffs position. The pair takes full advantage of the situation threatening to expose the mayor with proof that he intended to hire a gangster to be the top lawman of his jurisdiction.

The newly empowered duo imposes their own brand of justice in San Miguel. Anyone who might address them as a "nigger" is subject to fines and imprisonment. Boss soon falls for the white schoolteacher, Miss Pruit (Barbara Leigh) but his affections are put on hold when an outlaw gang blows a hole in the jailhouse, even poor Clara Mae is kidnapped during the disastrous raid. The marauders are eventually dealt with proper, but not without Boss making the ultimate sacrifice.

PG
| 1974 | 1 hr 27 min | 6.8/10
Cast
Fred Williamson, D'Urville Martin, William Smith, R.G. Armstrong
Studio
VCI Entertainment
Director
Jack Arnold
Language
English
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