Film / Boss Nigger

Black man, in a white man's town! He's got troooouble!

White man's man's law!

Boss Nigger is a 1975 blaxploitation film written by and starring former football star Fred "The Hammer" Williamson.

The plot concerns the bounty hunters "Boss" and his Sidekick Amos coming to an entirely white town in the west, and taking up the vacant office of sheriff and deputy. They are ostensibly hunting for the large bounty on the head of the man who's been terrorizing the town, but not before laying down some laws of their own, reversing the double standards deeply ingrained in the racist white community.

This film provides examples of:

  • Cliffhanger / Downer Ending: Boss is shot multiple times, and may be dying as Amos takes him from town
  • Dragon Their Feet: After Boss finally kills Jed Clayton, the battle seems to have ended and he leaves the bar, only to get shot multiple times (Possibly being fatally wounded too) by the corrupt Mayor, who he then manages to kill by throwing his knife at him.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Boss never misses a shot, despite always firing from the hip.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted with Poncho, who is run over by a slow-motion horse.
  • Intentionally Awkward Title: Say the title out loud in public, and see how many looks you get. note 
  • Ms. Fanservice: Clara Mae has little to do in the movie besides bathe, almost get raped, and distract a Mook with a provocative dance
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: All in all, the town is predominantly worse off (and much less populated) after Boss and Amos leave. Borders on Anti-Villain at times.
  • Non-Fatal Explosions: Amos is buried under rubble by several sticks of dynamite but emerges unharmed.
  • N-Word Privileges: Boss and Amos use the word indiscriminately, but make it illegal for the "whiteys" to use it in public.
  • Rated M for Manly: Part Legend. Part Devil. All Man!
  • Refuge in Audacity: Look at the title of this movie. That actually happened.
    • Although it's not all that audacious for the Blaxploitation genre. Fred Williams also starred in "The Legend of Nigger Charley" and "The Soul of Nigger Charley". Blaxploitation movies did this all the time.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Williamson's previous Westerns, "The Legend of Nigger Charley" and "The Soul of Nigger Charley". A common, though unconfirmed, theory is that Boss is in fact the same character.