Sidney Poitier directs and stars in this all-black western about an ex-Union Army cavalry soldier leading a group of recently-freed slaves to the western frontier in post-Civil War America. Tagging along with Buck are his wife Ruth (Ruby Dee) and a con man disguised as a preacher (Harry Belafonte, in his first onscreen pairing with Poitier). The black homesteaders' progress is seriously impeded by a sadistic racist (Cameron Mitchell) and his band of murderous thugs who resent the slaves' newfound freedom and wish to send them back to a life of servitude and sharecropping in Louisiana. With equal parts drama and comedy--as well as Biblical allusions to the story of Exodus--Buck and his followers must summon all their courage to contend with the racists on their journey to freedom.
Sidney Poitier - American Actor, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967)
Denny Miller - TV Actor
Drake Walker - Screenwriter
Pembroke Herring - American Editor
Pembroke J. Herring - American Editor
Pem Herring - American Editor
Cameron Mitchell - American Film/TV Actor
Benny Carter - Composer/Jazz Musician
Joel Glickman - Producer
Nita Talbot - American TV/Film Actress
Ruby Dee - Actress, married to Ossie Davis
Ruby Ann Wallace - Actress, married to Ossie Davis
Ernest Kinoy - Screenwriter
Harry Belafonte - American Singer/Actor
Alex Phillips Jr. - Director of Photography, son of Alex Sr., late '70s-'90s
John Kelly - American Charactor Actor
After the Civil War, a wagon driver named Buck and his devoted wife meet a con man posing as a preacher and together they guide a group of newly freed slaves out west in search of a homestead. But Louisiana labor recruiters prove menacing en route, riding like Klansmen to hunt down the train and its leader. But Buck and the Preacher join forces with American Indians to fight their common white foe, and eventually claim the promised land.
"Buck and the Preacher" marks Sidney Poitier's directorial debut but it was the second western of his career. "Duel at Diablo," directed by Ralph Nelson in 1966, was Poitier's first. "Buck and the Preacher" was shot on location in Mexico.