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Posse (1993)



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This fast-paced, stylized western views the traditional genre from an unusual African-American perspective, presenting the adventures of a group of escaped black soldiers as they attempt to protect a small, African-American community from the evil acts of a corrupt white sheriff.

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Richard Jordan
as Sheriff Bates
Big Daddy Kane
as Father Time
Billy Zane
as Col. Graham
Tone Loc
as Angel
Pam Grier
as Phoebe
Paul Bartel
as Mayor Bigwood
Woody Strode
as Storyteller
Robert Hooks
as King David
Richard Gant
as Doubletree
Richard Edson
as Deputy Tom
Aaron Neville
as Railroad Singer
Mark Buntzman
as Deputy Buntzman
Steve Reevis
as Two Bears
Sy Richardson
as Shepherd
Eugene Brooks
as Street Performer
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Critic Reviews for Posse

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (7)

Van Peebles tells the story with ferocious vigor and unsparing brutality, entering Jesse's haunted memory and dramatizing the farsighted schemes and improvisational daring on which the men's survival depends.

March 23, 2021 | Full Review…

''Posse,'' which could have been a moving and gripping tribute to black Western heroes - and a testament against bigotry and injustice - ends up with laughs in all the wrong places.

June 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Rousing entertainment directed by Van Peebles with a rare sense of purpose and mischief.

May 12, 2001

An overdirected, overphotographed, overdone movie that is so distracted by its hectic, relentless style that the story line is rendered almost incoherent.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Some interesting race-related points are raised, but Van Peebles disappoints by focusing instead on the standard elements of the genre.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Part of the problem seems to have been that Van Peebles had too much to say.

July 8, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Posse

Interesting idea to focus on the forgotten black cowboys of the west but unfortunately Peebles doesn't do this age any justice with this bad embarrassing wannabe mess. The problem here is Peebles has gone down the silly shoot 'em up route where maybe a more sensible approach could of worked wonders. The other problem is the film is pretty close to B-movie territory with a very average D-list cast and poor looking action sequences. Plus every single western cliche has been thrown in alongside every single modern action flick cliche too, its like a John Woo movie in the wild west. Its a cliched western of course as you would expect but it all looks slightly cheap with bad editing. Other things spoil its potential such as certain moments where characters use the swear word motherf*cker which I doubt is accurate for the time methinks. Also the way Peebles has clearly tried to make himself look as super cool as possible is cringeworthy. His costume looks like its from a graphic novel of a dark brooding anti-hero whilst everyone else looks relatively accurate for the era. Talk about giving yourself the best role with the best looking duds. Billy Zane does add some class and laughs into the situation but his character is so stupid. He basically plays a regular out n out villain, with redneck tendencies naturally, who just happens to be wearing civil war era attire. This character could be placed in any action movie in any setting and it wouldn't make any difference, he would still be exactly the same and the film would be exactly the same. He's just a plain villain, he has nothing to do with the era he's placed in other than the fact he's wearing civil war uniform. A good evil turn from Zane sure but the character is such a stereotypical Hollywood bad guy. Basically Peebles has gone for the slick rock n roll 'Young Guns' approach mixed with silly action movie cliches...but has failed on both counts. A more realistic film could have been a winner as this subject hasn't been touched upon much in Hollywood. Nail in the coffin for me was the quite hideously out of place rap track over the end credits, errr...no.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

this was better than expected. it wasnt great, but it had its bright spots.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

Rather trashy blaxploitation reinvention of the western, much more in the anachronistic spirit of Young Guns than Unforgiven (Tone Loc doesn't even TRY to act like a cowboy!). It's amusingly dumb, particularly the sequences involving backward gun totin' redneck Stephen Baldwin, but it takes itself a lot more seriously than it should. Nice to see some cameos by stars of the original blaxploitation films of the 70s though.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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