Bucktown (film)

Bucktown, USA is a 1975 American crime action blaxploitation film released by American International Pictures starring Fred Williamson.

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Directed byArthur Marks
Written byBob Ellison
Produced byBernard Schwartz
StarringFred Williamson
Pam Grier
Thalmus Rasulala
Tony King
CinematographyRobert Birchall
Edited byGeorge Folsey, Jr.
Music byJohnny Pate
Distributed byAmerican International Pictures
Release date
  • July 2, 1975 (1975-07-02)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States


Fred Williamson stars as Duke Johnson, a man who arrives in Bucktown, to bury his brother, a bar owner who was killed after refusing to pay crooked cops for protection. After arriving in Bucktown, he realizes he needs help after being threatened himself. Duke calls his friend Roy (Thalmus Rasulala) and his gang to come and help. But, after arriving, Roy's gang decided to take over the town, themselves. In order to prevent this, Duke has to fight off Roy's gang all by himself.[1]



The film's score was written by Johnny Pate, and its main theme sung by Luther Rabb. The soundtrack was released by American International Records.[2]


The New York Times reviewer Vincent Canby gave the film a negative review, calling it "really bad" and "both silly and vicious," though he praised the performances of Williamson and Grier, saying the two "display enough of their own private wit to save the movie from seeming to be quite the mess it is."[3]

In a 2012 interview, director Arthur Marks describes the film as "a big success," noting that Samuel Arkoff's American International Pictures saw the film and wanted to distribute it (Marks had previously distributed through his own General Film Corporation). He claims, "it made back its initial cost very quickly, and played every inner-city in the North. It was making --playing the State Lake Theater in Chicago-- at [sic] $60,000 and 70,000 a week." Mark's work with AIP on the film led to their distributing his subsequent films.[4]


Bucktown has been released on DVD by MGM and blu-ray, most recently in 2019 by Scorpion Releasing.


Bucktown was loosely remade as the film Full Clip (2004).[5] Williamson also borrowed heavily from the film's plot for his 1996 film Original Gangstas, which also co-starred Grier.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Gary A. Smith, The American International Pictures Video Guide, McFarland 2009 p 35
  2. ^ Johnny Pate – Bucktown (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)|http://www.discogs.com/Johnny-Pate-Bucktown-Original-Motion-Picture-Soundtrack/release/1044593
  3. ^ Canby, Vincent (July 13, 1975). "Movie Review - Bucktown (1975) Screen:'Witch Mountain':Disney Fantasy Shares Bill With 'Cinderella'". The New York Times. Retrieved July 19, 2012.
  4. ^ Elijah Drenner (director) (June 29, 2010). Arthur's Kids: A Conversation with Arthur Marks (short documentary).
  5. ^ Johnson, Albert "Prodigy"; Checkoway, Laura (7 February 2012). My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy. ISBN 9781439103197.

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