Director: Mario Van Peebles
Starring: Mario Van Peebles, Billy Zane, Tiny Lister
Box Office: $18m
Plot: A fun shoot-em-up western with a serious agenda: writer / director / star Van Peebles wanted his follow-up to New Jack City to address Hollywood’s whitewashing of the history of the American West, reminding everyone that African-Americans were there too. Van Peebles plays Jessie Lee, on a mission to avenge himself against the men who lynched his inspirational father. Blaxploitation legends like Pam Grier, Isaac Hayes and Mario’s father Melvin Van Peebles crop up in the cast, as does veteran western legend Woody Strode.
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Posse 2 (1997)
Director: Jean-Marc Vallee
Starring: Mario Van Peebles, Rene Auberjonois, Danny Trejo
Plot: A completely separate, entirely standalone film (in a more spaghetti style than its predecessor), this should properly be called Los Locos. Marketing people, however, saw fit to saddle it with the Posse 2 moniker because it’s a western with Mario Van Peebles in it. The story this time has quiet echoes of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (and louder ones of The Dream Team), and sees Van Peebles’ drifter character hired to escort a group of crazies across the desert. The US variation of the title was Los Locos: Posse Rides Again, despite this particular posse never having ridden anywhere before.