Who Needs "Django Unchained" When You Have "The Legend Of Nigger Charley" Starring Fred Williamson!

by Cynthia Reid
July 8, 2011 9:05 AM
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With the recent confirmation of Jamie Foxx playing the lead role in Django Unchained, I thought this was a good time to check out a film that's been often compared to the upcoming production...The Legend of Nigger Charley.

Starring Fred Williamson as the slave "Nigger Charley," the story centers on Charley and his two cohorts seeking freedom in the old west in order to avoid being sold to another slave owner. It was directed by Martin Goldman and is a basic "shoot the bad guys" western.

The film was one of Paramount's highest grossing films in 1972 and spawned to sequels, The Soul of Nigger Charley and Boss Nigger.

As Tambay stated on the old S&A site, critics seemed to have given it lukewarm praise with Roger Ebert awarding two out of four stars. Ebert wrote..."The Legend of Nigger Charley is frustrating partly because of the high level of acting talent in the cast. When you see fine actors being thrown into exploitative scripts, you begin to get a little angry. If the current group of black-oriented movies has proven anything, it’s that there’s a large pool of skilled and interesting black actors in Hollywood. Whether it will forever be necessary for them to waste their talents in dumb screenplays is a question that must come to them sometimes late at night."

Since Hollywood practically shuns originality, I wonder if a remake of this film--considering its financial success--would ever be considered? Add an A-list hunk (yes, Idris Elba) with an interesting love twist and maybe this could surpass Django Unchained...who knows!

I've embedded a clip below. You can watch the remainder clips on Youtube.

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7 Comments

  • Sergio | July 9, 2011 2:31 AMReply

    The Soul of Nigger Charlie, which came out in 1973 with a bigger budget and shot in 'Scope is one of the rare sequels which is actually better than the original. The tagline for the film was:

    "Nigger Charley Is On The Loose Again. And This Time He's Got His Soul Brothers With Him! WATCH OUT!"

    However know your blaxplotation films. Boss Nigger is NOT a sequel to Legend or Soul. Though it's a western, directed by long time B movie veteran Jack Arnold, and stars Williamson and Martin but it's a completely separate film in which Williamson plays a different character altogether. Boss Nigger is on DVD (I should know I have it though it's retitled Boss) but not Soul or Legend and they never have been . You think the title scares them to release them? Maybe....

  • AccidentalVisitor | July 8, 2011 12:55 PMReply

    {{{ When you see fine actors being thrown into exploitative scripts, you begin to get a little angry. If the current group of black-oriented movies has proven anything, it’s that there’s a large pool of skilled and interesting black actors in Hollywood. Whether it will forever be necessary for them to waste their talents in dumb screenplays is a question that must come to them sometimes late at night.” }}}

    Hmmm. When did Ebert write this review,; back in the 70s? Because this specific critique still applies mostly today. Of course today's "dumb screenplays" are largely being provided by one man from Atlanta.

  • Lynn | July 8, 2011 11:20 AMReply

    The Legend of Nigger Charley was pretty good. Why can't we have films like these today?

    @ Kunle Adekolo

    "I know it’s been a slow news week, but I know you can do better than this."

    LOL

  • Kunle Adekolo | July 8, 2011 9:55 AMReply

    Why would you suggest remaking this? Is this what you really want to go to the movies to see?

    I thought S&A typically highlighted and offerred alternatives to this type of foolishness.

    I know it's been a slow news week, but I know you can do better than this.

  • Neziah | July 8, 2011 9:33 AMReply

    "Boss Nigger" was the only good film of the trilogy, this one sucked!

  • JMac | July 8, 2011 9:23 AMReply

    Interesting....

    Of course if someone remakes this movie they'll have to change the title to "The Legend of N-word Charley."

  • Zeus | July 8, 2011 9:09 AMReply

    The title alone is CLASSIC!

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