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Boss (1975)

Fred Williamson , D'Urville Martin , Jack Arnold  |  PG |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Fred Williamson, D'Urville Martin, William Smith, R. G. Armstrong, Don "
  • Directors: Jack Arnold
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Enhanced, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DW2BFQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,371 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The Boss (former football star Fred Williamson), has "decided to hunt white folks for a change," becoming a bounty hunter and setting out on the trail of fugitive outlaw Jed Clyton (William Smith). With his comic sidekick Amos (D'Urville Martin), he rides into the town of San Miguel, finds that it has no sheriff and takes the job himself. Boss takes a bite out of local crime and brings the hammer down on Clyton in this amusing and action-filled parody of the 1970s blaxploitation genre, as he institutes black man's law in this white man's town! Bonus Features: Scene Selection,Original Theatrical Trailers, Video Specials: "A Conversation With Fred 'The Hammer' Williamson" with Joel Blumberg, "A Boss Memory" with producer Myrl Schreibman, A Jack Arnold Tribute to Producer Myrl Schreibman Product Specs: DVD9; Dolby; 87 min.; Color; 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA PG; Year 1975; SRP - $14.99

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars He's Bad, he's Black--He's the Boss! November 16, 2009
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Great flick! It's hard to get a true understanding of the Black exploitation film era without watching one of it's greatest stars Fred "The Hammer" Williamson. Although you might be shocked by it's lack of political correctness, its message rings true. We must look past the color of our skins, and peer into the integrity and character of who we are!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He's so bad, they call him "Boss"... December 23, 2009
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Surprisingly good movie. I originally heard about this from watching the trailer on Youtube, and when I learned it was actually a real movie I had to check it out.

Although the real title is "Boss N****r", this is not a racist movie. It's a movie made in the 70's when Blaxpoitation films were in their prime, but this is one of the better ones. So far as I can tell, there's no underlying sinister political message--it's just meant to be a fun movie.

And I think it accomplishes that goal well. There's parts that are very funny, and the acting is pretty decent. You also get to see preveiws for other movies made in that time, just as if you were watching it in a theater in the 70's. It's a fun movie to show to friends as chances are they've never seen it before (I don't think it's available in stores).

Also, on the front cover, you see "The Boss" (played by Fred "The Hammer" Williamson) weilding a cut-down lever action rifle (I'm guessing a Winchester 1873), which he uses in the movie to hip-fire at bad guys. It's the only gun he uses, but I guess it works for him.

So, should you buy it? I'd say yes, unless you get super-offended by racial epithets (the word "N****r" is said like 100 times in the movie). There's also a long interveiw with Fred Williamson on there, which is fairly interesting. GET IT TODAY!!1! (or not, I don't really care, lol)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elderly, but holds up well! October 13, 2010
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An obvious genre piece (If you don't know which genre I'm talking about, then maybe you shouldn't be looking at this one) from the times, the movie holds up well today as a very kickass western in it's own right! All the jokes land and all the action is well played! Fred Williamson ROCKS it hard in this one, with guns blazing and fists knocking fools out!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This movie was made during a time where Black was the new.... uhm Black. It's not like the Boss was some sort of pimp or druggie. The protagonist was a hero trying to keep a town safe, despite the blatant racism of most of the townsfolk. There's tons of comedy in it, depending on how you take race/culture issues. You have to take this movie as entertainment, with numerous dashes of the n-word.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tough Western Action from Williamson February 20, 2012
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In the Old West, Two African-American bounty hunters, "Boss" and Amos (Fred Williamson and D'Urville Martin), come upon a Western frontier town while giving chase to the fugitive criminal Jed Clayton (played by William Smith). When the pair discover that the city has no marshall, "Boss" decides to take on that role for himself, much to the consternation of many of the white townsfolk, including the mayor (played by R.G. Armstrong).

The film is full of action and some abbreviated romance involving a local woman infatuated with Boss. The racial conflicts are handled head on, frequently with comedic subtext. The climax of the film is very intense, and should satisfy action fans.

Williamson inhabits the role of the stoic, tough hero, quick witted and never totally outsmarted.

bonus features include a new interview with Williamson and the original trailers for the film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This was great! November 21, 2013
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They call him Boss, He's the Boss, Boss N*****! Fred Williamson put out a solid movie and everyone should own a copy!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boss February 15, 2013
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For anyone who was a fan of blaxploitation films of the 60's and 70's and especially one of Fred Williamson, this film is for you. He's a bad mutha, taking over as sheriff in an all-white western town. Along with a very colorful cast of characters, this film has a little bit of everything for everyone.
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Not for the racially timid. I should send a copy to Donald Sterling, Owner of the LA Clippers, as a defence against the railroading he has had to endure. Paula deen could use a copy aswell, and just play it in the back ground while being interviewed by BET
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Purchased this movie only because my deceased dad was an extra in and the family wanted to see it.
Published 29 days ago by r. s. wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a great thing for what could have been a great black ...
The title is deceptive - I think the real name of the movie was "Boss Nigger". Not a great thing for what could have been a great black western.
Published 1 month ago by M. Joy
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 month ago by Jerry W. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Marcus Starr
4.0 out of 5 stars Blackplotation at its Best
Bang Bang shot'em up from a different perspective. Showed it to my 29 year old son to give him a unique view of 70's film making. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie
This was a great movie and I have watched it a few times already. I enjoy the old western dialogues.
Published 6 months ago by Clayton Cravea
1.0 out of 5 stars The Hammer comes down on the Hammer!
Boss Nigger or Boss what ever you wanna call it wasn't very good. Just the facts! Hammer did you really write this, come on man.
Published 18 months ago by The Hanmer!
4.0 out of 5 stars So bad it's good.
I remembered this movie, but not well enough. Oh god it's bad, it was hard to sit through it. It brought back some memories, I guess that's worth a lot.
Published 18 months ago by K. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie was dope!!!
i compare this to an old school Django! i love it! get it and check it out wit the fam
Published 19 months ago by Ahmad
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