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  • 3.7
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 Clayton (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 Clayton 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!

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Also known as "Boss Nigger"...which is all that you need to know about what you're gonna get.

But if you're still unsure, let me tell you that this movie was written by Fred Williamson, the biggest, baddest, kickassingest black lead that American movies ever produced. He's like the John Wayne of the blaxploitation genre: bigger than life and more than willing to wade into a nest a filthy bad guys (usually white supremacist honkies) armed only with his two fists.

BOSS was directed by Jack Arnold. That name may sound familiar to you science fiction and horror movie fans of the 1950s. Arnold directed IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (1953), CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954), and THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN (1957), just to name a few.

BOSS also co-stars William Smith. Smith is a perfect foil to Williamson; he's a big, beefy, larger-than-life guy who fills the screen. Smith had parts in films like CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982), ANY WAY YOU CAN (1980), and MANIAC COP (1988). Smith also speaks fluent Russian, which served him well when he acted in John Milius's Cold War invasion epic, RED DAWN (1984).

BOSS is actually a pretty classic western movie. Semi-bad guy with a heart of gold becomes sheriff of a corrupt town and proceeds to turn it — and the people therein — on its ear. An even badder bad guy moves in to take care of the new sheriff, but is defeated in the end. Cue closing credits and music as the hero rides off.

Of course, what makes BOSS different is who the hero is: a black man. Williamson obviously delights in the role as he out-punches and out-shoots all the white folk who are holding the town in their greedy grip. The utter abandon with which Williamson deals with the racists in the town has to be shocking to modern viewers. The N-word is tossed around...but the people who use it are tossed around as well.

There's lots of comedy as well as action. Laughs and explosions, gunfights and guffaws — what else could you ask for out of a blaxploitation western? Perfect viewing for a rainy afternoon or a drunken evening.

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Also known as "Boss Nigger"...which is all that you need to know about what you're gonna get.

But if you're still unsure, let me tell you that this movie was written by Fred Williamson, the biggest, baddest, kickassingest black lead that American movies ever produced. He's like the John Wayne of the blaxploitation genre: bigger than life and more than willing to wade into a nest a filthy bad guys (usually white supremacist honkies) armed only with his two fists.

BOSS was directed by Jack Arnold. That name may sound familiar to you science fiction and horror movie fans of the 1950s. Arnold directed IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (1953), CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954), and THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN (1957), just to name a few.

BOSS also co-stars William Smith. Smith is a perfect foil to Williamson; he's a big, beefy, larger-than-life guy who fills the screen. Smith had parts in films like CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982), ANY WAY YOU CAN (1980), and MANIAC COP (1988). Smith also speaks fluent Russian, which served him well when he acted in John Milius's Cold War invasion epic, RED DAWN (1984).

BOSS is actually a pretty classic western movie. Semi-bad guy with a heart of gold becomes sheriff of a corrupt town and proceeds to turn it — and the people therein — on its ear. An even badder bad guy moves in to take care of the new sheriff, but is defeated in the end. Cue closing credits and music as the hero rides off.

Of course, what makes BOSS different is who the hero is: a black man. Williamson obviously delights in the role as he out-punches and out-shoots all the white folk who are holding the town in their greedy grip. The utter abandon with which Williamson deals with the racists in the town has to be shocking to modern viewers. The N-word is tossed around...but the people who use it are tossed around as well.

There's lots of comedy as well as action. Laughs and explosions, gunfights and guffaws — what else could you ask for out of a blaxploitation western? Perfect viewing for a rainy afternoon or a drunken evening.

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Wow. This movie is a mixed bag. In some ways it's very good. In other ways it misses the mark. Sometimes comedy, sometimes drama. Sometimes western movie, sometimes blackploitation film.

It's a good story. If given the right treatment and played straight, the potential for greatness is there. It's an enjoyable movie as it is and I recommend you watch it.

It just bothers me that while breaking all kinds of stereotypes on the one hand. It falls victem to the stereotype of being a blackploitation film on the other.

No one set out to make classic cinema when they made this movie. They set out to make a movie of the "blackploitation" genre. And they did a great job of that. So watch it and enjoy it for what it is and what it was meant to be. No point in wondering what could have been. Four solid stars from me.

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In an interview with Jack Hill, the white director of Blaxploitation masterpieces Coffy and Foxy Brown, was asked to comment on the so-called "reverse racism" of some of his pictures, his reply was "So what... It's fun." Amen to that!

Boss (or it's original title Boss Nigger) should be watched for the fun and excitement of the absurd story, not to obtain the answers for poor race relations. One of the many things I love about the glory days of exploitation cinema is the total lack of P.C. sensibilities. Fred Williamson is an incredible guy. He's been a pro-football player, playing in the first Superbowl. He knows martial arts, and multiple languages fluently. He's an action hero that writes. and directs. He's performed plenty of his own stunts, and in this film, he's rides a horse and kills lotsa no good cowboy honkeys! Boss and his parter Amos (D'Urville Martin, actor/director of Dolemite!) are black bounty hunters. They roam the old west takin' down outlaws for the money. Their quest leads them to a lawless town, where they assume the role of Sheriff and Deputy while they bide their time waiting to catch the no-good Jed Clayton (b movie tough guy William Smith). The townsfolk don't take too kindly to the new lawmen, or their new laws (a cash fine and/or jail time for dropping the N word).

I had fun watching this, but I was left wanting more blood. There's lots and lots of gunfighting and violence, but it didn't leave much of an impression without the red stuff. I don't need gallons, just a few pints here and there to show the raw power of a shotgun blast from a few feet away. Fred Williamson's script was the high-point of this one. This isn't my new favorite western, or blaxploitation movie, but I'm very happy to have had the opportunity to watch it, and i'd do it again!!

.....ps. This feature was directed by Jack Arnold. He directed Creature from the Black Lagoon. can you dig it?

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another classic of the blaxploitation subgenre, the black western. its a fun film, with workmanlike direction from jack arnold (the creature from the black lagoon and the incredible shrinking man [a master class in suspense, btw]).

it has all the requisite blaxploitation ingredients; the white women are either dry, stuffy prudes or beautiful and afro-curious, the white men are either duplicitous wimps, or murdering sadists, with the odd good one thrown in for fairness. fred williamson moves across the screen with his usual fearless, cheroot chomping swagger, d'urville martin once again proves an amiable sidekick/foil. the great william smith snarls and kick his weight around as the big baddy and the even greater rg armstrong plays it a little more low key then usual, but is no less rotten to the core.

the movie is obviously a huge influence on DJANGO UNCHAINED and would make a nice double bill in a perfect world drive in.

if the word "nigger" really, really offends you, then this film is not for you, it is uttered every few seconds. the original title of the film, as the credits show, was BOSS NIGGER.

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The theme song for this move was the actual name of the movie "Boss Nigger". That was a surprise. But these two black men in the white town prevail in a typical western from the 70's.

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Music,music,music!!! Great soundtrack and the original Django.

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Brilliant! It's like a more dramatic version of "Blazing Saddles". Funny, heart-breaking, action packed and very cutting edge.

Don't wait for the Tarantino version of Django! This it right here. Just beware there is an excessive use of the N-word (used in both comedic and dramatic/sociological contexts). They are not at all trying to shy away from any historical accuracies (well, historical accuracies as far as race relations in US history).

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fun to watch

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This movie's actually called "Boss Nigger" and was one of the coolest blaxploitation films. Found out about it a couple years ago when I saw the movie poster circulating on the internet, which, when seen without context, is freakin ridiculous. You need to see the movie poster to properly appreciate the awesomeness of this movie

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BossNiggerPoster.jpg

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SUPERBAAAD SUPERFRED......I MET HIM PERSONALLY.AS HE WAS ONE OF THE TOUGHEST AND MEANEST NFL DEFENSIVE BACKS IN HISTORY. THEY CALLED HIM "FRED THE HAMMER"THE ACTION AND SWAGGER HE CARRIED ON THE FIELD COMES RIGHT ACROSS ON SCREEN.HE AND HIS TRUSTY SIDEKICK COME OFF LIKE A WESTERN VERSION OF BATMAN AND ROBIN OR BETTER YET THE "AFRICAN AMERICAN " STYLE CISCO KID AND PONCHO.YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE IT. DJANGO UNCHAINED EAT YOUR HEART OUT..........

the boss !!!!

The movie was ok and the hero survived.The nigger word used too often.

ok

Movie was ok

It was a good black western would like to see more in the future.