- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 51 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 22, 2001
- Originally Released: 1993
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital Stereo - English
- Dolby Digital Stereo - French
- Dolby Digital Stereo - Spanish
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Mario Van Peebles,
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister,
Big Daddy Kane &
Melvin Van Peebles,
Stephen J. Cannell &
Mario Van Peebles
Sy Richardson &
New York Times - 05/14/1993
"...Fast-paced and star-studded....[Van Peebles reveals] a clear idea of his own star power..."
Rolling Stone - 06/10/1993
"...POSSE is rousing entertainment...with a rare sense of purpose and mischief..."
Variety - 05/03/1993
"...Van Peebles demonstrates the adaptability and current viability of the genre by enthusiastically employing its conventions to his own ends..."
This shoot-'em-up revisionist Western traces the little-known legend of black cowboys in the Old West, who participated in settling the frontier and played an unrecognized role in U.S. history. During the Spanish-American War, a multiracial group of U.S. soldiers go on a dangerous mission under the orders of the despicable Colonel Graham, who is white. They succeed, returning with the booty from the battle only to find that Graham has betrayed them. After fighting Graham off, the soldiers escape with their cache. Thus begins a chase through Cuba and back into the U.S. as the group struggles with the law, the Ku Klux Klan, and big business in an effort to protect the land and rights of African American settlers. Directed by and starring Mario Van Peebles, POSSE also features terrific turns by the likes of Tiny Lister, Tone Loc, Pam Grier, Isaac Hayes, Nipsey Russell, Aaron Neville, Stephen Baldwin, Billy Zane, and more.
A posse of African American soldiers, freshly back from war, find themselves with a bundle of cash and a score to settle when they discover the sheriff of a small western town is intent on intimidating and even taking out a black settlement. They team up with an outlaw and begin their crusade to protect the liberties of the free West.