The Black Six
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The Black Six
The Black Six
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Directed byMatt Cimber
Produced byGeorge Theakos
Matt Cimber
Jefferson Richard
Written byGeorge Theakos
StarringGene Washington
Lem Barney
Mercury Morris
Joe Greene
Willie Lanier
Carl Eller
Music byDavid Moscoe
CinematographyWilliam Swenning
Edited byRobert Carlson
Distributed byCinemation Industries
Release date
  • March 13, 1974 (1974-03-13)
Running time
94 min
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

The Black Six (1974) is an American blaxploitation and outlaw biker film released in 1974. The movie was written by George Theakos and directed by Matt Cimber.[1] It starred several National Football League stars in the title roles.[1][2] The plot had some similarities to The Magnificent Seven and Easy Rider.[2] It was one of the first all-black biker films.[3]

Cast

The titular "Black Six" was played by six then-current National Football League stars:

The players' teams appeared with the actors' names in the film's credits. In addition, the cast includes Ben Davidson, who had recently retired from football, as a member of a motorcycle gang opposing the Black Six.[2]Maury Wills, a recently retired Major League Baseball star, also has a role in the film.[1]

Washington was given the lead role due to him having previous acting experience; he and several other cast members (many of whom did more acting afterwards) later criticized how poorly the script had been written. All six protagonists (and Davidson) were All-Pro, while Greene, Barney, Lanier and Eller have since been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Plot

The plot involves an African American veteran of the Vietnam War, played by Gene Washington, who returns home to find that his brother (played by Robert Howard) has been killed. The killing was done by a white supremacist motorcycle gang, led by Ben "Thor" Davidson, who objected to the fact that Howard had been dating Thor's sister. Washington and his motorcycle gang, known as the Black Six, vow to avenge his brother's death. The Six encounter a number of obstacles, including hostile motorcycle gangs (particularly Thor's), and racist policemen. The movie climaxes with an inconclusive battle royal between the Six and Thor's Caucasian-supremacist biker gang, in which Thor (apparently) blows them and himself up by igniting the gas tank of his own motorcycle. Rather than "The End", the film concludes with the caption Honky, look out...Hassle a brother, and the Black 6 will return!. In spite of this, no sequel has ever been produced.[2][4]

Production

Filmed on location in Frazier Park, CA. Several of the football players were disappointed with elements in the original script, especially that the black motorcyclists would be killed in the end, despite the fact that they stood for truth, justice and the American way.[2] As a result of their protests, an inconclusive ending was shot.[2]

DVD

The Black Six was released on DVD on October 12, 2004.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "Internet Movie Database - The Black Six". Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b c d e f Eugene "Mercury" Morris with Steve Fiffer (1988). Against the Grain. pp. 67-69. ISBN 0-07-043195-7.
  3. ^ "TV Guide Review The Black Six". Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Internet Movie Database - The Black Six Plot". Retrieved .

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