Buck and the Preacher

Poitier's first film as director has an excellent subject which is rather reminiscent of Ford's Wagon Master: the long, hard trek through the wilderness, harassed by marauding white nightriders all the way, of a group of Negro slaves freed after the end of the Civil War. It is pleasant enough, but somehow - despite excellent performances by Poitier (the intrepid wagonmaster) and Belafonte (a roguish preacher) - it never quite clicks. Nice, though, to see the Indians riding to the rescue instead of the Cavalry.

Release details

Duration: 103 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Sidney Poitier
Screenwriter: Ernest Kinoy
Cast: Sidney Poitier
Harry Belafonte
Ruby Dee
Cameron Mitchell
Denny Miller
Nita Talbot
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