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The Black Six
Directed by Matt Cimber
Produced by George Theakos
Matt Cimber
Jefferson Richard
Written by George Theakos
Starring Gene Washington
Lem Barney
Mercury Morris
Joe Greene
Willie Lanier
Carl Eller
Cinematography Ernest Palmer
Joseph A. Valentine
Editing by William Swenning
Distributed by Cinemation Industries
Release date(s) March 13, 1974
Running time 94 min
Country USA
Language English

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:

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]

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 gun battle with southern policemen.[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. p. 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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