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A black cowboy saves a frontier town from both the law and the bad guys in this western written by and starring Fred "The Hammer" Williamson. Boss (Williamson) is an African-American bounty hunter tra... read more read more...veling though the Wild West with his best friend and sidekick Amos (D'urville Martin), gunning down wanted men and claiming the rewards when they make their way into town. When Boss bests a man in a gunfight, he discovers the victim had an invitation to become sheriff of San Miguel, a town under the control of notorious outlaw Jed Clayton (William Smith). Boss and Amos head to San Miguel, hoping to claim the hefty reward for capturing Clayton, but they discover the corrupt and venal Mayor Griffin (R.G. Armstrong) has to be bullied into making a black man sheriff. When Boss shoots two of Clayton's henchman during a barroom brawl, it brings the outlaw out of hiding, but it also makes life dangerous for anyone who dares to side with Boss, including Clara Mae (Carmen Hayworth), a beautiful woman he rescued from an ambush that claimed her father. Boss also finds time for a romantic assignation with Miss Pruitt (Barbara Leigh), the town's pretty schoolmarm, and Amos's new career as deputy allows him to interpret certain laws to his own advantage. Boss Nigger was also distributed under the less controversial title The Black Bounty Hunter, and has been released on home video simply as Boss. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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PG, 1 hr. 27 min.

Directed by: Jack Arnold

Release Date: August 18, 1975

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DVD Release Date: October 21, 2008

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  • January 13, 2013
    I've always enjoyed Western; I find it to be an exciting and quite often underrated genre of cinema. I say underrated because a lot of people think these films are simply for an older audience, and I simply believe that isn't true, ands in turn, many viewers will miss out on well... read more made movies that are highly entertaining and fun. This Blaxsploitation piece Boss n***er is a well made film that has a pretty good story and effective acting from Fred Williamson. The film has a very interesting story that should appeal to viewers who enjoy a good Western. The film has plenty of flaws, but what makes this one worth checking out is the good action and the performance of Williamson alone. The soundtrack is like 1970's porn music, which is a bit odd, but it fits with the style of the movie. Quentin Tarantino has been influenced by such works, and it shows in his latest directorial effort Django Unchained. Jack Arnold, director of The Creature from the Black Lagoon directs this picture with flair, and in terms of a low-budget film, this one delivers some good entertainment value for what it is. Now, this is my first attempt at viewing a piece of blaxsploitation cinema, and I quite enjoyed it. Williamson makes it worth seeing and an essential viewing for fans of low-budget picture. Most of the time, these movies are far better than big budget pictures and they get away with so much more. Sure, the story is a bit cheesy and unpolished, but that's the whole point. Worth seeing if you enjoy these types of films.
  • December 20, 2009
    Blaxploitation/Western. Can't get any better than that. :D
  • October 16, 2009
    Two black cowboys ride majestically across the American plain. The music is a kind of funk-Morricone, with a singer enthusiastically explaining that "They call him Boss. BOSS N*GGER!" A black woman is being assaulted by a group of white cowboys, our black heroes intervene and sav... read moree this damsel in distress.

    A blaxploitation Western was bound to happen eventually, and its a good thing Fred Williamson got there first. What Boss N*gger lacks in technical proficiency and skill it makes up for in heart and soul. The music is funktacular, especially the catchy theme tune, and the acting from our heroes is wonderful. Boss N*gger also boasts some very funny lines, such as Boss kissing a white woman, before going, "that's just to satisfy your curiosity."

    It's slow at parts, but the idea of two black bounty hunters coming to a white town and setting their own rules is appealing, and the film pulls it off. There are also some great shootouts, especially the finale, which is really quite exhilarating, and features a remarkable, almost downbeat ending. This film is by no means a masterpiece, but it is one of the best blaxploitation films I've seen, and an admirable effort on a small budget.
  • January 17, 2013
    Much for the same reason I saw "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies" film is that its title caught my attention. Much to my surprise this western is well made and makes time fly by fast.

    Boss Nigger is about two black bounty hunters th... read moreat ride into a small town out West in pursuit of an outlaw. They discover that the town has no sheriff, and soon take over that position, much against the will of the mostly white townsfolk. They raise hell, chase women, and milk the locals for cash, while waiting for the opportunity to get their man. Let me start with the negative since there is not much those. The film lacks any three dimensional characters, even the movie central characters lack development of any kind. The romance aspect are forced, secondary are nothing more than plot devices, and a simple villain. Now that we got the flaws out of the way it times to talk about the positive. It's well pace, contains tons of gun fight, a good sense of humor, and plot that is very deep. It accurately depicts racism in its time yet does not make it the driving force of the plot. It's because of this the film plays out well and despite it racist dialogue does not discriminate against a particular race. If anything, the racist dialogue is there is a key trait in showcasing that our heroes are more concerned with bringing justice in the west than worrying about discrimination. The acting is very good and Fred Williamson who plays the title character (yes, that's his name according to the closing credit) is very cool. Fred Williamson portrayal is reminisce of Clint Eastwood "Man With No Name" protagonist from the Dollar Trilogy. Also, if you like the style of the Dollar Trilogy than you'll find plenty love about "Boss Nigger" filming style. Even with a very notable nod to Clint Eastwood iconic character. I have to mention that this western an awesome theme song and unconventional funky score that gives this its own identity.

    "Boss Nigger" might have a racist title, but if you're open minded and tolerate the accurate racist language you'll find a quality western. One fill with excitement, cool heroes, plenty of laughs, great drama, and a kick-ass theme song makes this are the more reason to check it out.
  • February 11, 2012
    The movie opens with bounty hunters Boss(Fred Williamson, who also wrote and co-produced) and Amos(D'Urville Martin) killing a gang of outlaws. On their person, they find a lead to Jed Clayton(William Smith), a notorious criminal, and credentials for the new sheriff in San Migue... read morel, near where he is hiding out. On the way there, they take the time to rescue Clara Mae(Carmen Hayworth). However, the mayor(R.G. Armstrong) is hesitant at first to hire the men due to their skin color but later reconsiders as they are the only men in town who can handle a gun, which might prove useful when Clayton and his men go on a rampage.

    Yeah, first, about the title. In an introductory statement for the DVD release in 2008, Fred Williamson makes no apologies for the use of the n-word, pointing out what happens to those who use it in his films, sort of a negative reinforcement, if you will, as the scariest thing for many racists was a black man with a gun.(In any case, the word is historically accurate, as applied to westerns.) And that's not the most provocative move in this film, although one could claim it does not go far enough there. Looking back from a more enlightened age, this movie is nobody's idea of polished filmmaking, although it is an entertaining enough western with characters that are worth caring for.
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    A fun little black western that does not involve too much racism nor violence. It's got great acting and nice soundtrack but has terrible terrible plot that is too predictable. It appeals to general audience and is somewhat funny to watch to, a cult classic.
  • March 4, 2009
    Just gave this one a re-watch this evening, it holds up well.

    A great Blaxploitation flick, well worth the hassle of tracking down if only for the funky out of place soundtrack.

    Fred Williamson is awesome as he rides into town and assumes the sheriff's job in a town overrun wit... read moreh bandits in an attempt to draw out an outlaw.

    Recommended.
  • December 7, 2008
    Hilarious Western and serious at the same time. The Title alone demands some attention. If it had more action it would be a 3 star movie.

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