The first black bounty hunter in a filmwas during the early 1970’s and featured a filmproducer and actor as well known then as Jamie Fox has been in his filmmaking days during the past decade. Matter of fact, the attitude of the star of the first black bounty hunter produced film is similar to Quentin Tarantino.
Like Tarantino, Fred Williamson, producer and star of, “Boss Nigger”, have similar writing styles, ideas and ideals about societal portrayal of stereotypes. Taking a close look at the title of William’s screenplay gives insight as to how both writers like to shock audience members through their use of words that are derogative to many.
Django Unchained cover (Photo credit: marioanima)
The movie, “Boss Nigger” was produced during the 1970’s as one of many blaxploitation films that Writer Director’s such as Quentin Tarantino would have grown up on. The film released in 1974, features an AfricanAmerican as a bounty hunter in the wild west who had a side kick that unlike in Quentin Tarantino’s newestfilm, “Django Unchained”, the sidekick is also African American. In “Django Unchained”, Jamie Foxx plays a cowboy bounty hunter forced to be apartner with a Caucasian bounty hunter on a mission to find a particulargroup of people that he believes Foxx, can identify. The theme turns into a model of revenge by way of Foxx’s needs in part because of the kidnapping of his love interest and probably other twists only Tarantino could be responsible.
Fred Williamson’s movie has elements of revenge, but for various reasons. The premise of the two stories have their differences, but it is not the first time a film has featured a black cowboy bounty hunter in a predominately white town picking off “bad guys” who happen to be white. Even more, in the late 1800’s, there was also a real life African American, cowboy who was also, a bounty hunter. To find out that individuals name and his history click on the following:
Django Unchained Trailer- Starring Jammie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Ms. Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson.
English: Quentin Tarantino in Paris at the César awards ceremony Français : Quentin Tarantino à la cérémonie des César du cinéma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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