Sidney Poitier’s vigorous and entertaining directorial debut helped to rewrite the history of the western, bringing Black heroes to a genre in which they had always been sorely underrepresented.
Poitier stars as a tough, tight-lipped wagon master in the post-Civil War era who joins forces with Harry Belafonte’s rascally con-man preacher. Together they confront the white bounty hunters who threaten a caravan of people recently emancipated from slavery on their journey west. Combining boisterous buddy comedy with blistering, Black Power– era political fury, it succeeds in subverting Hollywood conventions and reclaiming the western genre in the name of Black liberation.
DIRECTOR: Sidney Poitier
STARRING: Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Cameron Mitchell
1 HOUR 42 MINUTES
*Please note: Film starts at advertised time*
Saturday 18th March at 2pm