POSSE Cinema's Legacy


Following the film, film scholar and Cinema’s Legacy guest curator Racquel Gates leads a conversation with Michael B. Gillespie, Hannah Giorgis and Terri Francis.

A band of Buffalo Soldiers are sent on a suicide mission to Cuba in 1898 to intercept a shipment of gold during the Spanish-American War. The African American unit is betrayed by a racist and corrupt white colonel. The group, led by Jessie Lee (Mario Van Peebles), escapes with the cache of gold and must avoid capture and shoot their way to freedom on a perilous adventure across the American frontier. Along the way, Jessie Lee avenges the lynching of his preacher father. Told in flashback, this ambitious western re-imagines and reclaims American history by focusing on the forgotten Black cowboys of the American West. Van Peebles directs as well as stars in this entertaining 1993 revisionist western. The large ensemble cast includes Woody Strode, Pam Grier, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Blair Underwood, Isaac Hayes, Billy Zane and Tone Loc.

Mario Van Peebles is an American film director and actor. He made his feature directorial debut in 1991 with NEW JACK CITY, in which he also co-stars. Other credits include POSSE (1993), HARD LUCK (2006) and USS INDIANAPOLIS: MEN OF COURAGE (2016). He is the son of actor and filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, whom he portrayed in the 2003 biopic BAADASSSSS!, which he also co-wrote and directed.


Country: USA

Year: 1993

Director: Mario Van Peebles

Screenwriters: Sy Richardson, Dario Scardapane

Producers: Preston Holmes, Jim Steele

Directors of Photography: Peter Menzies, Jr.

Editors: Mark Conte, Seth Flaum

Production Designer: Catherine Hardwicke

Music: Michel Colombier

Cast/Featuring: Stephen Baldwin, Lawrence Cook, Richard Gant, Pam Grier, Isaac Hayes, Robert Hooks

Running Time (minutes): 113

Language: English


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