|Thurs, February 25, 2016 at 9:30 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The So Called Blaxploitation era spreaded like wildfire during the early 70s and mid 70s. There were movies like Shaft and Superfly that represented the genre of black cinema. There was one movie that was underrated called Bucktown. The movie featured two of the marquee names of 70s black cinema:Fred Williamson and Pam Grier.
These two names headlined the movie which dealt with police brutality which is prevalent in today''s world. Fred Williamson played a character named Duke Johnson who comes to town to bury his brother who was killed as a bar owner after refusing to pay crooked cops for protection. After coming to Bucktown, Duke notices he needed some assistance so he calls a friend named Roy which was played by actor Thalmus Rasulala. He wanted Roy and his gang to come in and help so they decided to take over the town. But in order to gain control, Duke has to fight off Roy''s gang all by himself.
Bucktown features Carl Weathers who a year later would play boxer Apollo Creed in the Rocky movies with Sylvester Stallone. Bucktown was released on July 2nd 1975 and Arthur Marks directed the film. The budget for the movie was 370,000.
Overall Bucktown was a hidden gem of a movie that doesn''t get much acclaim like movies that came out in 1975 like Mahogany and Cooley High. Bucktown had all the ingredients of 70s black cinema such as sex, crooked cops, black gang, jjve talking, pimping, drugs, and kung-fu. Bucktown as a whole was able to manage and reconfigure the chronology and intensity of the ingredients that resulted in a refreshing intense action film.