Posse is a 1993 American Western film directed by and starring Mario Van Peebles.Featuring a large ensemble cast of mostly African-American actors, the film is about a posse of black soldiers led by Jessie Lee (Van Peebles) and one ostracized white soldier called Little J (Stephen Baldwin), all of whom are betrayed by a corrupt colonel (Billy Zane). The story starts with the group escaping with a cache of gold, and continues with Jesse Lee taking revenge on the men who killed his preacher father.
Posse contains examples of:
- Colonel Badass: Colonel Graham is an evil version of this. After Jesse and his posse steal what he regards as his gold, Graham leads a personal army across the west in pursuit, determined to extract his vengeance in a bloody and hands-on fashion.
- Delayed Narrator Introduction: Begins with the elderly onscreen narrator (famous black actor Woody Strode). In the final scene, at the black village, Jesse gives a little boy his book. Cut back to the narrator, reading from that book.
- Depleted Phlebotinum Shells: Jesse Lee has some of the stolen gold recast into golden bullets to use on his father's killers. Father Time explains that, according to New Orleans voodoo ladies, gold is the only way to kill a demon. In Jesse's case, the demons are symbolic rather than actual.
- Dressing as the Enemy: Jesse poses as a member of The Klan to rescue Papa Joe and Obobo.
- Eyepatch of Power: Colonel Graham sports an eyepatch after losing his eye in his attempted ambush of the 10th.
- Moe Greene Special: Colonel Graham loses an eye when his ambush of the 10th goes wrong.
- Posse: Despite being the movie title, and them calling themselves this, our heroes aren't legally a posse, as they have not been deputized by someone who has that power. (However, it does fit the modern slang term of an entourage or group of friends.)
- Professional Gambler: Father Time, who joins the posse in New Orleans and is the only member who was not originally part of the 10th.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Jesse Lee carves a bloody path across the west, hunting down the men who killed his father.
- Showdown at High Noon: Posse has a scene where the two combatants advance slowly, attacking with Throw-Away Guns.
- Throw-Away Guns: During the climatic Showdown at High Noon, Jesse and Colonel Graham advance slowly towards each other, discarding their guns as they empty them.
- Token White: Little J is the only white in the otherwise all-black posse.
- Trading Bars for Stripes: Jesse Lee was sentenced by a judge to lifetime enlistment in the Army.
- William Telling: When Jesse is ordered to execute a prisoner, he instead demonstrates his marksmanship by shooting the prisoner's cigar out of his mouth.