Cinema-Maniac: Boss Nigger (The Black Bounty Killer) (1975) Review

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 that 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.