Fred Williamson (Black Caesar) proves once again he's the ultimate soul brotherdark, daring and ready for surprises. He and sexy co-star Pam Grier (Jackie Brown) heat up the sheets and the streets in this scintillating sou... more »l flick about a city ripped apart by prejudice, greed and plenty of gangsta action. Bucktown explodes like sparks and gasolinesetting small-town America on fire! Dean Johnson (Williamson) arrives in Bucktown to bury his murdered brother. He then takes over his brother's bar and everything that comes with it: the goodwhich includes a foxy localgal (Grier)and the bada sleazy police force that shakes him down for protection money. Proving he can't be pushed, Johnson calls in his big-city brothers who move into town with the necessary firepower to set things straight. But when the smoke clears, Johnson finds that his victorious cohorts are just as bad as the bigoted cops they've just destroyed, and now he has to rid the city of his violent friendsby any means necessary!« less
Brandon W. from DETROIT, MI Reviewed on 2/1/2011...
This is one of Blaxploitation's finest featuring 2 of the genres biggest draws: Pam Grier and Fred Williamson. So one could guess it would have all the elements of a Blaxploitation classic: hip 70's gear, jive slang, cool cars and funky music. But the show stealer in this one has to be Thalmus Rasulala as Roy. If you are a fan of the genre, then this is definitely a "must have" for your collection...
And I was there....
Wanda Jean Adams | Kansas City, Missouri United States | 06/09/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"What can I say, I'm bias, why... not because this was another of those "black" films everyone thought should be made but because I actually had a small bit part in it. Yep, stood out there in the cold of Platte City (MO), with about 16 other extras. Saw the open call for extras on the bulletin board at school and answered the call. Hey, no money, no true fame, but at least my segment didn't get tossed to the cutting room floor and it was fun "being in a movie""
Williamson Takes Over the Town, and the Film, Too
Tsuyoshi | Kyoto, Japan | 04/07/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"As a soul cinema fan, it is hard for me to criticize this film, which unites two Afro-American icons, Pam Grier and Fred Williamson. Still, I must confess my disappointed feelings after watching "Bucktown," a rather mediocre film, considering those two fantastic leads."Bucktown" is a corrupt town where the corrupt cops donimate. Now Duke (Williamson), after his brother's suspicious death, comes back to this hometown (in a "Ger Carter" way), only to find himself trapped in between the hostile police and beautiful Aretha (Grier). Reluctantly he decides to stay there because of legal problems, and to manage the local bar. As (expectedly) the love between Aretha and Duke develops, the local police begin (expectedly) to show their true colors.The film is given a unique twist here; Duke calls in his old buddy Roy (Thalmus Rasulala, regular of blaxploitation genre) to wage a war against the cops, but the result turns out worse than he hoped. The film tries to provide a new point of view on this genre, giving a picture of a conflict between blacks, but it seems the film doesn't know how to end this awkward situation.Though the film is far from perfect, it keeps on going with a good pace, and Williamson as always shows his charismatic presense effectively though Pam Grier as a result is pushed aside to a minor role despite of her previous successful roles in "Coffy." My verdict is, "Bucktown" is not a terrible film as some critics label it, but it is, I must say, strictly for fans of this genre."
email@example.com | usa | 09/27/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"this film worked really well.Both The "Hammer"&Pam Grier get down to Business here.it's so sad at how they didn't get there Props back in the day because films like this Showcase how tight they were on screen&they always had alot of Great Action in the films.Pam Grier still Blows My Mind She is SuperBaddd!!"
Pam Grier and Fred Williamson are a great pair.
Jenny J.J.I. | That Lives in Carolinas | 10/20/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"`Bucktown' is fill with some exciting drama. The plot is relatively original, Duke (played by Fred Williamson) comes to a town to bury his brother who died. His brother owned a bar called The Alabama. This particular town is a mini, sleazy, version of Vegas (the actual city used for the filming seems to be Kansas City, Mossouri,) a town that attracts low rent tourists because of its gambling and prostitution. It's going to take a while for Duke to settle his brother's estate, so he hangs around town and reopens his brother's bar. After two of the town's cops come in and expect a percentage of the proceeds from the bar's receipts, he realizes that the entire town is run by a corrupt, white, police force. He won't stand for it, so he calls in his big city friend Roy (Thalmus Rasulala) to come to town with some thugs to kick some ***. The crew comes to town and they make short work of the brutal white police force. Duke is quite grateful for the help but things take a different turn once Dukes friends takes over and become the new law enforcers and are worse than the rednecks ever were. Williamson must stand up to the group, which includes his childhood best friend (their final one-on-one confrontation is pretty vividly brutal).
Pam Grier does play a supporting role in here and it's some of her best acting. She really does appears more classy and tasteful in this film. I know you guys want - and are accustomed to - seeing her breasts every 10 minutes, but I found it a nice change of pace to see her in a more graceful light. Carl Weathers does play a small part as one of the enforcers convincely and Thalmus Rasulala also did a terrific job in his role but Fred Williamson owns the film and he's pretty effective.
`Bucktown' is recommended to all blaxploitation fans and for those who are looking for action, integrity, and grittiness. "
The Buck Stops Here....In Bucktown!!
Stanley Runk | Camp North Pines | 11/15/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Duke(Fred Williamson) rolls into Bucktown, MO, for his brother's funeral. After being left his brother's bar in his will, Duke decides to reopen it, but soon finds out that the town is "run by honkies". This means that the racist police force is running a kind of protection racket, getting money from store owners and such. Well, we all know damn well that Fred "The Hammer" Williamson is not the kind of guy who pays protection money. After smacking around some of the corrupt cops(and in the process getting Pam Grier all turned on), a war is started. Duke calls in an old friend, Roy, to help him out. Roy brings along a handful of goons that include Tony King(from Cannibal Apocalypse!! Yay!!) and Carl Weathers himself. The group manage to slaughter every last cop in town and somehow get away with it free and clear. Roy and his goons become the new police force and start in on the same racket operation the white cops had been doing!! Now Duke is pissed and it's time for him to go toe to toe with his old pal. Another war is fought, this time it's only Williamson and Grier against Roy and his posse. It all climaxes with a brawl between Roy and Duke that is probably longer than the fight between Roddy Piper and Keith David in John Carpenter's They Live!! Yup, it's another fun blaxploitation flick from A.I.P. Williamson is his regular badazz self and doesn't disappoint. Grier, who's usually a buttkicker in her films, is pretty much reduced to the not so impressive role of a love interest/damsel in distress. Not one of Grier's finer moments, but it's always a joy to see her(especially when she manages a brief topless scene). It has it's flaws and may not be the best work of the actors and director Arthur Marks, but it's a solid entry in this fun genre."