Film lost an undisputed titan when the incomparable Sidney Poitier passed away in January of 2022. Tucked among Potier's exceptional filmography lies his seminal western and directorial debut, Buck and the Preacher.
Buck (Poitier) is a no-nonsense trail guide-for hire, devoting himself to protecting a group of former slaves seeking passage to the West, and a homestead beyond. He encounters the dishevelled but wily Preacher (Harry Belafonte) - a con-man in the cloth’s clothing - with whom he eventually joins forces against a band of bounty hunters determined to drive the homesteaders back to the South... and into slavery.
Playing in a gorgeous new 4K restoration, Buck and the Preacher remains a canon-defying entry in a white-dominated genre, a testament to the directorial talent of its legendary star, and a hidden gem ripe for rediscovery.