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Bucktown back to product details

"Where the welcoming committee is a sawed off shotgun!"
written by Lastcrackerjack April 22, 2006 - 9:34 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
"Bucktown" was written by Bob Ellison, a former writer for "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Rhoda". I'd love to play connect the dots on how he went from writing Mary Richards to writing for The Hammer. Shoddily directed by Arthur Marks - who probably wouldn't qualify to shoot a movie for Roger Corman - "Bucktown" defies logic and is actually good.

Shot in Kansas City and Platte City, Missouri, "Bucktown" skips along quickly, doesn't pause for anything in the way of needless plot detail, and has lots of action. Williamson puts his foot to the ass of some cracker cops, Fred Williamson & Pam Grier get cozy, Thalmus Rasulala and his crew arrive to handle business, only to start threatening Bucktown. Williamson then borrows an ATV from the nearby armory and rolls into town for his mano a mano with Rasulala. The end.

Williamson and Grier aren't given a needless backstory for their characters, and have strong chemistry, coming across as people who have seen it all and done it all. Rasulala is given quite a bit to do as a good bad guy. Even if the script doesn't stop to analyze him, you can tell how far back he goes with Williamson and how much he'd like to end up with Grier.

I also liked the conceit of Williamson going to war with the rednecks, but then having to deal with the brothers, who move in and are "ten times worse" than Whitey. Or as Grier notes, when it comes to the color green, people everywhere are the same. The flick is well cast and features foot thumping theme music - "Bucktown Song" by Luther Rabb.


(Average 7.07)
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