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

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.7|5.0 Stars ììì

Buck and the Preacher
—directed by Sidney Poitier—is enjoyable for 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. But, for a western it is what it is.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


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. This is an interesting watch. Good to see the film in full.

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