Buck and the Preacher
- 1 hr 42 min
Buck and The Preacher is an American film set in the West during the late 1870’s, following the conclusion of the Civil War. The story is about Buck, played by Sydney Poitier, who leads bands of freed slaves along a trail to homesteads in the West. While traveling west, the group of homesteaders is attacked by a gang of men on horseback. The bandits set wagons on fire and kill several men, women and children. Buck arrives in the middle of the attack but is somehow able to escape the gunfire. While fleeing the camp attack Buck finds a seemingly empty campsite, he is unaware that The Preacher, played by Harry Belafonte, is down by the river taking a bath. The Preacher steals Bucks horse and travels to the nearest town where he discovers the location of the homesteader camp site. At this time, The Preacher also learns that Buck is a wanted man to the tune of a $500 bounty. The Preacher finds his way to the campsite but Buck asks him to leave and offers a meal in exchange for his horse. The Preacher leaves but stalks Buck while he continues to assist the homesteaders. Throughout the movie, Buck shows great dedication to the homestead group and The Preacher in return gains an immense respect for Buck. The Preacher decides to join forces with Buck after a second attack on the homestead camp. Together they figure out a plan to ambush the attackers and get some additional funds for the homesteaders to have a better start in life. Buck and The Preacher is relevant to the American film industry in that it is one of the first American films that was directed by an African American (Sydney Poitier) and displays African Americans fighting against White people. The release of the movie was highly anticipated by all audiences. Buck and The Preacher was produced by Belafonte Enterprises.