Long before the hit TV show The L Word (2004) and the amazing film Jackie Brown (1997) Pam Grier starred along with Fred ‘The Hammer’ Williamson better known for Black Caesar (1973) and Hell up in Harlem (1973.) In the classic Blaxploitation film “Bucktown” (1975) directed by Arthur Marks who also collaborated with Grier on Friday Foster(1975).
Duke (Fred Williamson) is a big city kinda guy travels to the small town of Bucktown to bury his recently deceased brother when he’s greeted by an angry and strong Aretha (Pam Grier). Shortly after the funeral, Aretha and some town locals convince Duke to stay and re-open his deceased brothers nightclub.
Once Duke does, he’s caught off guard when the towns shady cops roll into the bar demanding him to pay for their “protection”. Eventually, Duke decides to call some of his big city buddies to come on down to Bucktown and help him “handle” the situation. Goes without saying, of course Aretha and Duke join forces to take back the town that belongs to them, and maybe find more than they bargained for along the way.
Bucktown’s an underrated Blaxploitation film that deserves be watched at least once in your life. You owe it to yourself. It offers a classic 1970’s love scene between Grier and Williamson, and bar fights, guns, gangsters and rednecks. Honestly, what more could you ask for in a movie?!
I had the pleasure of meeting Pam and Fred at a recent charity event held by the The Hollywood Show. I must say Fred was so down to earth and as charming as ever. He’s a very funny guy, it was a true pleasure meeting him. Pam has an almost angelic quality, she’s extremely down to earth and friendly. We got along really well, glad for the opportunity to meet them and chat..