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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thomasine & Bushrod (1974)


Thomasine and Bushrod was intended as the African American counterpart to Bonnie and Clyde, the difference being that the story in this case is utterly fictional. Vonette McGee plays Thomasine, and Max Julien (who also wrote and coproduced the film) is Bushrod. They are a pair of thieves, operating in the southwest between 1911 and 1915. Fancying themselves as Robin Hoods and the White Establishment as the Sheriff of Nottingham, Thomas and Bushrod steal only from Caucasian capitalists, then distribute the booty to Mexicans, Native Americans and poor whites. George Murdock is the redneck sheriff who dogs their trail.


Anonymous said...

Max Julien performance in Thomasine and Bushrod wasn't great, but it wasn't the reason why he quit acting for over 20 years. Remember he was good in just about everything he was in before this movie(The Mack, UpTight, Psych Out and even The Black Klansman). To say he quit acting because he gave a bland performance in this is asinine. He quit acting because he tired of sterotyped and cliched scripts he received after the success of The Mack. He displayed good range as an actor pre Thomasine and Bushrod.

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