Boss Nigger


You know the title makes you think its gonna be something else. When in reality its not to far off from it. When I saw the title "Boss Nigger" starring blaxploitation God Fred Williamson I had a few ideas. White guys saying nigger at least 100 times, a black chick getting the "hammer" (play off of Williamson's nickname), white guys getting shot in the face, and maybe a few cleaver lines from Williamson. I was almost right, if I knew this was a western I would have added riding horses, dumb white goons and somehow Williamson is a sheriff. 90 minutes later, holy shit, I was right. That took no effort. But that's unfair, this movie actual has passion despite the simple writing. Maybe because I forget that Williamson is a fucking badass in everything he does. Hell, 7 minutes into seeing this thing I wanted to fuck him.


The movie starts off with four guys getting pumped full of lead by two bounty hunters, Boss and Amos. And I'm not sure but this seems like Gene Autry and Pat Buttram on steroids. After that scene we get our theme song "Boss Nigger". Thats a title that screams "Yes, the word nigger is up for grabs." I like how in every blaxplotation theme song the singer mentions the hero is "black" and "bad" or the sometimes "super bad" at least 6 times in the song. The song honestly isn't the worse theme song, in fact it's one of the best in my opinion. Then it hits you we're gonna watch a western with a funk soundtrack. Awesome, personally I want to hear 1969's "True Grit" with the Gap Band blaring in the background. Boss and Amos while riding into the nearby by town run into a shoot out. A black man and his daughter are ambushed by bandits. Lucky for them fucking Fred Williamson is riding a horse. Seriously, that's fucking awesome. That's like giving Rambo rocket shoes, game over! They kill the bandits but the father is killed. They take the girl Clara Mae back into town. Well the black side of town. And seeing how this is a western, the Mexican side of town. Damn Mexican's and their low rider horses. Boss and Amos hear there's no sheriff in the town, so they bust into the empty sheriffs office and takeover. No joke, squatters rights. I passed over the scene of Amos and Boss walking into the white part of town. Mostly because it was like Blazing Saddles with out gongs blocking the word "nigger" and no marching band.


Mayor Griffin shows up to stop him but really are you gonna tell Fred Williamson to fuck off? The role of active sheriff placed on Boss because the mayor is hoping the fugitive outlaw named Jed will fix him. Make sense after Boss murders two of them and locks one up. All Amos brings up the fact that they are former slaves and killing is all they know. Which makes sense because they lock people up for the funniest reasons. Calling them a nigger, disrespecting them, spitting...their on Disney World security level. I approve because its mainly to extort money out of the town folk. 5 dollar fines for everything. Ahh the 1800's, where the law made no sense of no one cared.


To pad out this 90 minute movie, yes 90 minutes, Boss goes Robin Hood on us. Helping out a Mexican boy named Poncho and grandma "Something equally racist". With all this going on the white love interest shows up. Her name is Ms. Pruit a schoolteacher who slowly falls in love with Boss. What about Amos? A portly Mexican ladies who washes his clothes. I can say this, the closes Pat Buttram came to banging a chick was a donkey. We finally met the outlaw Jed Clayton played by William Smith. I have to admit he's pretty cool too. Most bad guys in westerns have this scary edge to them that adds to there badassery. Oh yeah, the Mayor tries to rape Clara Mae. Why? I dunno, he's white. So how does Jed make his mark? #5! It's like the #6 in Blazing Saddles minus the rape. In that chaos little Poncho is killed. Boss no like this!


So after a botched prison break, Boss lock horns with Jed and loses. His outlaws tie Boss to a pole. Then what is heard maybe the stupidest thing thats been said in this movie. "Tie him up and let the sun have at him." HE'S A DARK SKINNED FORMER SLAVE! YOUR DOING WRONG JED! Lucky for Boss, Amos and Clara Mae were kidnapped too. So they escape...way to easliy too. Cheyanne Body they are not. With the help of Ms. Pruit and white doctor Boss is nursed back to health. Jed and his men come into town ready for action. Its here the movie gets depressing. We get a thrilling shoot out, but during this Clara Mae is killed by Jed. Jed and Boss have a  final face off. Jed is killed but Boss is shot twice by Mayor Griffin. Ms. Pruit wants to leave town with Boss cause she's in love with him. But Boss kisses Ms. Pruit goodbye and Amos rides with Boss dying on a wagon. The End. What a fucking downer ending.


That was Boss Nigger. I have to say I don't like a lot of westerns, except a few. True Grit, Magnificent Seven, The Searchers, Tombstone, Posse, Blazing Saddles and the TV show Have Gun Will Travel. But there's something to love about this movie. Its silly and fun. It was excellent attempt on a cool black western. Fred Williamson wrote this movie and it seem like it was meant to make black folk cheer in the audience. And white fans of blaxplotation to feel like they understand black people. As for me, ahhh I liked. I rather watch this than Human Tornado.

3BlackGeeks Rating-
Dee- C+
Posted on March 26, 2013 .