The Black Six

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The Black Six
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
CinematographyWilliam Swenning
Editing byRobert Carlson[disambiguation needed]
Distributed byCinemation Industries
Release date(s)March 13, 1974
Running time94 min
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
 
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The Black Six
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
CinematographyWilliam Swenning
Editing byRobert Carlson[disambiguation needed]
Distributed byCinemation Industries
Release date(s)March 13, 1974
Running time94 min
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish

The Black Six (1974) is a combination of 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]

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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; him and several other cast members (many of whom did more acting afterwards) later criticized how poorly the script had been written. Of the six protagonists, all except Washington and Morris 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 motorcycle gang who objected to the fact that the Robert Howard character had been dating a white woman. The Gene Washington character and his motorcycle gang, also known as the Black Six, attempt to avenge the brother's death. The gang encounters a number of obstacles, including hostile motorcycle gangs (which included the Ben Davidson character) and prejudiced policemen. The movie ends in an inconclusive battle royale with caucasian white-supremist biker gang.[2][4]

Production

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.

References

  1. ^ a b c "Internet Movie Database - The Black Six". http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071227/. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  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". http://movies.tvguide.com/black-six/109523. Retrieved 2007-08-07. 
  4. ^ "Internet Movie Database - The Black Six Plot". http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071227/plotsummary. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 

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