BUCK AND THE PREACHER (1972 New York City New York State Premier USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.7|5.0 Stars ììì

Buck and the Preacher—directed by Sidney Poitier—is enjoyable for its reliance on black main characters in a Western movie format. It’s a pleasure to see Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte working together to produce this story. The storyline, however, is difficult to follow and it’s not clear why the ‘good guys’ attempt to rob a post office and a bank. There is a memorable scene, where Ruby Dee (acting as character Ruth) pleads for a life where she can raise children, that is particularly well done.

Storyline

Buck (Sydney Poitier) leads an all-black wagon train of freed Civil War slaves to the West for a better life. Deshay (Cameron Mitchell) raids the wagon train to take the freed slaves back to Louisiana. The Preacher (Harry Belafonte), who has his own personal fight with Buck, joins forces with Buck to fight against Deshay. Then, Buck and the Preacher decide to raise money for the wagon train by robbing a bank.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Directors Sidney Poitier and Joseph Sargent for directing efforts. Thank you to Producers Joel Glickman, Harry Belafonte, and Sidney Poitier for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Floyd (Denny Miller), Madam Esther (Nita Talbot), Sheriff (John Kelly),and Headman (Tony Brubaker).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes.


Ben Meyers

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