A group of mostly black infantrymen return from the Spanish-American War with a cache of gold. They travel to the West where their leader searches for the men who lynched his father.



Lee and his men are getting cut to pieces by the Spanish during the Spanish-American War while their commanding officer drinks Cognac miles away. Lee complains about the conditions and is arrested. Zane later promises to exonerate him and his men if they will pull off a mission for him — namely to steal valuable documents from the Spanish. Stephen Baldwin is thrown in with Lee’s gang because he’s a troublemaker Zane wants to get rid of. The group pulls off the mission, but, instead of finding documents, they find gold bullion. They also find Zane and his cohorts waiting at the rendezvous point with guns to finish them off. Unfortunately for Zane, his men are like Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders — long on bravado, short on skill.

Using comedy, fantasy, surrealism, the plot has a group of African-Americans traveling with a case of gold, chased by a posse. They join a settlement of afro-americans in the West, which while free by law, are reminded by the neighboring white towns that their liberty of action does not border out of their free town, and their law does not apply to white people. In a poignant scene, the only white man, who was in the original group of afro-americans with the case of gold, is brutally killed in public view by the white neighbors, almost to demonstrate that a white folk that joins the black folks has reached his lowest social status, lower that simply a black man, which by law cannot be killed without reason.

The Blu-Ray comes with a trailer as its sole special feature. The A/V Quality is pretty strong for a flick that was dumped into theaters during the 1990s. While not all of these older releases are going to be winners, I’d like to thank MGM for taking a chance on releasing older stuff. Too many studios just let their backlog sit in standard definition, while saving the HD transfers for broadcasts. In the end, I’d recommend a rental.
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