Black Brigade (1970)

Black Brigade (1970)

Directed by: George McCowan

Starring: Stephen Boyd, Robert Hooks, Susan Oliver

Huh, Richard Pryor in an extremely early role that’s not even all that comedic. Also, extremely young Billy Dee Williams, in a role that isn’t even REMOTELY Lando Calrissian. WILL THE SURPRISES NEVER CEASE?!

A racist white captain takes control of an all-black unit during WWII and tries to mobilize them into a fighting force. Normally all they did was fill up unused foxholes and clean up the battlefield, but now they have to go blow up a Nazi bridge or something, and they prove themselves to be heroes and blah blah blah.

All war movies are exactly the same, aren’t they? Sure, this one has a little different subtext, what with the racism and all, but at its heart, it’s just like every other damn war movie in the world. I guess what they say is true: War… war never changes.


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