Sidney Poitier makes his directorial debut with the 1972 Western Buck and the Preacher, set during the end of the Civil War. Poitier stars as Buck, an ex-Army soldier who is scouting sites for the former slaves that want to settle out West. The villainous Deshay (Cameron Mitchell) rounds up his gang to try to stop Buck because he wants to keep the slaves working down in Louisiana. Buck meets up with the Preacher (Poitier's real-life good friend Harry Belafonte), who is really a con man in disguise. Although they don't get along at first, they eventually team up against Deshay and his murderous gang of outlaws. Also starring Ruby Dee. Jazz bandleader Benny Carter composed the soundtrack. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
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This is a well made classic. Starring two of America's finest actors and actress Ruby Dee. The movie told a plausible and believeable story as it could have happened just after the freeing of the slaves in the late 1800's. I liked everything about this movie. I have seen it a hundred times and I enjoy it each and every time like it was my first. I highly recommend this movie to real movie lovers. No explicit language anywhere to be found in this flick thats a plus also.
Overall not a bad movie. Sidney Poitier was a bit of a let down as he wasn't featured as prominently and it isn't really an "acting" film The story was a bit predictable and the editing (especially the sound) was a bit uneven.