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Buck And The Preacher 1972

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Action-packed Western about a scout (Sidney Poitier) and a con man (Harry Belafonte) who team up toprotect the Exodusters: ex-slaves who traveled across the West after the Civil War. Directed by Poitier. Music by jazz great Benny Carter.

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Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte
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1 hour, 42 minutes

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Genres Drama, Western, Adventure
Director Sidney Poitier, Joseph Sargent
Starring Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte
Supporting actors Ruby Dee, Cameron Mitchell, Denny Miller, Nita Talbot, John Kelly, Tony Brubaker, Bobby Johnson, James McEachin, Clarence Muse, Lynn Hamilton, Doug Johnson, Errol John, Kenneth Menard, Pamela Jones, Drake Walker, Dennis Hines, Fred Waugh, Bill Shannon
Studio Columbia Pictures
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 19, 2009
Format: DVD
In 1972, thick in an era of blaxploitation films, with BUCK AND THE PREACHER, Sidney Poitier went another route and did another western (some six years after Duel at Diablo). This film marks Poitier's debut as director and also features cool Harry Belafonte in probably his best role. It's certainly his juiciest.

Is BUCK AND THE PREACHER a more relevant picture than, say, Glory? I don't know about that, but BUCK AND THE PREACHER does have things to say. It explores a point in time, right after the Civil War, in which freed slaves were making their way west to homestead. Buck (Poitier) is a no-nonsense wagon master (and an ex-Union Army sergeant) who escorts black settlers to new frontiers and attempts to protect them from night riders, vicious raiders seeking to reclaim the ex-slaves for the South. Along the way, Buck reluctantly teams up with a con-man preacher (Belafonte), and, really, the movie is at its most intriguing when the dynamics between these two characters are playing out. Belafonte and Poitier suspiciously sizing each other up makes for several terrific and taut scenes.

The leads are African-Americans, with the white guys relegated mostly to villainous roles. Sidney Poitier is his usual elegant self and he looks very much at home playing a cowboy in the Old West. Poitier's stern, stately demeanor is balanced by Belafonte's audacious performance, and I seriously need to check out the few films on his resume. By the way, Rudy Dee is also very good. There's that slice of social commentary, but I didn't feel like I was being bludgeoned over the head with it.
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By A Customer on October 17, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Looking for fast, shoot-em up fun with a little morality tale attached..this is it! Sidney Poitier is terrific as Buck, the former slave now gun slinger who helps newly freed slaves to homestead out west and guards them night riders trying to bring them back to a dying, post civil war south. Belefonte is charming as the Preacher who gives the good word as well as sling a colt .45. Don't miss Belefonte's terrific "fornication" speech scene. It's topped off with a stellar supporting cast including Ruby Dee as Buck's wife. This movie would be great fun to watch back to back with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid just to compare the relationships between the four characters. So sorry this movie is hard to find. It's great fun, especially for western fans. Happy watching!
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By Scott on October 7, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie was not really what I thought it would be but I was pleasantly surprised anyway. The pacing is good, the characters are interesting, and Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte are a great pairing for this story based on actual history. Parts of the movie are difficult to watch because of the brutality to humans, but at other times it is downright funny and suspenseful much of the time. If you can get this movie for a good price - which won't be easy - it's worth owning.
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Buck (Sidney Poitier) is a wagon train master taking a group of freed slaves west because they got disgusted with the south. Unfortunately, there are hired guns who are paid to force them to return to their previous homes, as the plantations still need their labor. They make life miserable for the black pioneers.

Then there's the Preacher (Harry Belafonte), who is not really a preacher, but uses it as a cover so he can gain people's trust and then rip them off. The big Bible he carries is hollowed out in the center to hold a pistol.

Ruth (Ruby Dee) is Buck's woman, although it's not clear whether they are married or not. She has been staying home while Buck takes wagon trains, but eventually the Confederate officer who is working for the planters finds out about her, and she is forced to escape with Buck and Preacher, back to where the wagon train is a row of sitting ducks for . . .

Well, they have plenty of enemies, but it turns out they also have some friends. It's a rousing adventure story, and I liked it. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that . . . no, I'll let you find out about that, too. Let's just say that not everything Buck and Preacher do can be considered admirable.
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I thought that this movie should have been a little longer. Actually I wished that it had been a little longer. This movie marks more of the heroic deeds done by African Americans that went unmarked and ignored by this "Glorious Country". This movie takes place after slavery had officially "ended". Many, African Americans desired to head out west to find better lives in the open country. But, they were often harrassed, beaten, and, sometimes, killed along the trail by racist whites. Many had no ideal or sense of direction how to get where they wanted to go. There were African American "wagon masters" that knew the countryside well and often lead fellow African Americans to their destination regardless of the possible death that lie ahead. Native Americans proved to be very important allies in the struggle. Excellent job by Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, and Ruby Dee. Great job on the video and audio transfer for a movie that hit the big screen in 1971. I also liked the menu audio which was done in dolby digital 5.1. However, the soundtrack for the movie is 2 channel dolby didgital. But, it is ample and satisfying. If you are a fan of African American westerns and or cinema, then this is a good movie to sit down and enjoy on a sunday evening.
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