Sunday, February 28, 2010

Boss Nigger (1975, Jack Arnold)


Do I use the full title?  Do I use the neutered title?  Fuck it, I'm using the full title.  Boss Nigger, obviously not a title you'd see nowadays...at least not a film in the theaters (and definitely not one rated PG as the poster above displays). Even without the controversial title, the thought of a blaxploitation western does sound pretty intriguing, especially one written by and starring Fred "The Hammer" Williamson.  My dvd, released by VCI, is under the name "Boss" but Williamson adds in a short introduction to confirm that he condones the use of the original title and it's theme song.

Boss Nigger (Williamson) and his sidekick Amos (D'Urville Martin) are two black bounty hunters who stumble upon a town with no sheriff.  Boss takes it upon himself to become the town's new sheriff and appoints Amos the new deputy.  The white towns people (many of which have never seen a black man and think of Boss and Amos as devils) don't like this new arrangement very much, but Boss and Amos soon make the town their own, enforcing ridiculous laws and jailing or fining anyone who doesn't obey.  They soon meet up with the town's mayor (R.G. Armstrong) who is secretly working with wanted outlaw Jed Clayton (William Smith) and that's when things start to get ugly.

Boss Nigger is a silly film that works, for the most part.  The story is fun and the acting is good.  The Hammer brings it as usual, this time being more of an anti-hero.  D'Urville Marting, R.G. Armstrong and William Smith all do a fine job carrrying the film.  I'll admit that this film probably contains the highest "N" word count that I have seen and I'll admit it did get a little tiring after awhile.  The film itself hit a few slow spots throughout but at no time was it unwatchable.

RATING:  6/10

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