A Different Kind Of Western: Buck And The Preacher

“Buck And The Preacher” is a Western I remember seeing on TV a couple of times in the 1970s when I was a kid and I really enjoyed it but I wasn’t aware at the time how unique it was. To have a film of this genre, especially, with two black actors, Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, as the leads and to be told from their perspective is not something that happened a lot in 1972 or since . This was the first film directed by Sidney Poitier and that was unique in itself but Poitier would go on to direct a string of films in the 70s including Uptown Saturday Night and Stir Crazy. There is great chemistry and humor to the interaction between Poitier, Belafonte and Ruby Dee. You can figure out the plot fairly easily from the trailer.

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