Buck and the Preacher

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GenreDrama, Western
Director(s)Sidney Poitier
Writer(s)Ernest Kinoy
Running Time1HR 42MINS
SeasonMain Programme

Saddle up for this 4K restoration! Buck and the Preacher is the immensely satisfying Western which marked Sidney Poitier's directorial debut, as well as his first screen pairing with superstar Harry Belafonte.

Widely regarded at the time of its release as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with a social conscience, Poitier stars as Buck, an ex-Union Army Cavalry sergeant who becomes a scout for freed slaves heading to the Colorado frontier. Tagging along with him are his wife (Ruby Dee in a scene-stealing performance) and a Bible-thumping con artist known as the Preacher (Belafonte). Attacked by racist bounty hunters determined to return the former slaves to a life of sharecropping in Louisiana, Buck and his followers must summon all the courage they have in order to reach their destination and help settle the Wild West.

A superbly crafted revisionist landmark, Buck and the Preacher subverts Hollywood conventions at every turn and reclaims the western genre in the name of Black liberation.

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