Mario Van Peebles (Judgment Day), Billy Zane (Titanic) and Stephen Baldwin (Fled) shake up the frontier in this "fast-paced, star-studded, big brawny western" (Janet Maslin, The New York Times)! Filled with gun-blazing, fi... more »st-pounding action and co-starring Big Daddy Kane, Blair Underwood, Tone Loc, Pam Grier, Isaac Hayes, Nipsey Russell, Aaron Neville and more, Posse takes a page missing from the history books Â? and unfolds it with suspense, humor and awe-inspiring power! In 1892, a group of mostly black infantrymen, betrayed by their white commander, Colonel Graham (Zane), desert the Spanish-American War. With Graham hot on their trail, Jessie Lee (Van Peebles) leads the men to his hometown, Freemanville, only to find it's also besieged by war Â? a racist war! Lee's attempts to bring justice and freedom to his people make for a brilliant western that's short on words and long on "killer entertainment" (Los Angeles Times)!« less
Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO Reviewed on 4/14/2014...
This is an outstanding western showing another side to the "old west" few may know about. Mario Van Peebles always delivers plenty of action and a great story line. This one is well worth viewing!
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5 For Trying To Set The Record Straight
Lester L. Carter | PHILA , PA | 11/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For attempting to set the record straight, this film deserves 5 stars. There were towns like the 'dream town' in this movie. Ex-slaves did settle among the Native Americans. And white men did try to steal the land when they felt it had value. Many forget there were Black soldiers who acquitted themselves well in the Spanish American war. This film tries to put a bit of all of this in, and at the same time, tell a story that will keep our attention. Mario, you did well, and I am honored to own this movie. Remember, a movie is only there to tell a story. And I enjoyed Tone Loc, Big Daddy Kane, Tiny Lister, Stephen Baldwin, Mario Van Peebles and the little guy whose name I can't recall at the moment. And, the townspeople? What a colorful group. The scene when they pass the road gang, and you hear the mournful voice of Aaron Neville, absolutely heart tugging. The New Orleans scene? Envigorating. But, why did Father Time have to die. Why did any of the Posse have to die? I would have liked to see them ride again. 'Jesse, they killed Angel'"
A popcorn movie that teaches. We need more like this.
SHAWN JAMES | Bronx, NY | 12/26/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Mario Van Peebles "Posse" is a movie with flaws, but it treats its source material with respect. Unlike the shallow and silly "Rosewood" Van Peebles "Posse" gives viewers a clear picture of what life was like for African-American cowboys at the turn of the century. We get to know characters in the story. The production values are low budget, and several roles are miscast, but Van Peebles' heart is in every second of this film. He loves the material and wants us to learn as much about these forgotten black heroes as he has. Part "spaghetti western", part action flick, part historical drama, Posse is a lot of fun to watch. Mario Van Peebles, Billy Zane, Melvin Van Peebles and Salli Richardson in her first role are great. Tis one is worth owining for your collection."
Tafari K. Boozer | Silver Spring MD | 01/19/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It tells the forgotten story of the black cowboys of the west you have to watch it to understand, Im not going to write a long review about the movie, because everyone is a critic so just see for yourself you be the judge."
Arnita D. Brown | USA | 01/13/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A group of black American soldiers desert their ranks during the 1890s Spanish-American war, on account of a cruel and corrupt white colonel. Along with an ostracized white soldier they form a posse of outlaws and,with the colonel in pursuit, head to an all black town caught up in its own struggle against hostile neighboring whites. This is absolutely a great movie. The movie combines a mixture of solid Old West shootings with a unique sense of humor. The dialogue was uplifting that fit the era nicely. "Posse" gives a brilliant effort and is inspiring movie that is seldom talked about. "