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Writer, director, and star Mario Van Peebles tried to correct historical misconceptions about African-Americans on the frontier with this action-packed western that's also an homage to spaghetti Westerns. During the Spanish-American War, a squadron of black soldiers led by Jesse Lee (Van Peebles) is assigned a dangerous mission behind enemy lines in Cuba by evil Colonel Graham (Billy Zane). Joined by a white gambler, Little J (Stephen Baldwin), the troupe is to recover a chest of gold. Realizing that Graham will slaughter them once they've relinquished the booty, Lee and his men… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Rousing entertainment directed by Van Peebles with a rare sense of purpose and mischief."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Part of the problem seems to have been that Van Peebles had too much to say."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Western as vanity project"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Some interesting race-related points are raised, but Van Peebles disappoints by focusing instead on the standard elements of the genre."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"So-so oater distinguished by Van Peebles' direction, starring."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Decent western, some good shootouts and action scenes."
‑ Fred Topel, About.com
"An overdirected, overphotographed, overdone movie that is so distracted by its hectic, relentless style that the story line is rendered almost incoherent."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Van Peebles' second indie is a rousing hip-hop Western that flaunts lurid visuals at the expense of coherent narrative and sharp characterixation; a trivial and messy exercise in style."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A stylized mess."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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