The McMasters (1970)

Genres - Drama, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Revisionist Western  |   Release Date - Aug 1, 1970 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 89 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Set in the immediate post-Civil War era, The McMasters stars Brock Peters as a black Union soldier who finds he must figuratively fight the war all over again. Returning to his southern hometown, Peters quickly learns that nothing has really changed: he is a "free"man in name only. Peters' ex-master Burl Ives magnanimously gives the former slave a plot of land, but only Native-American David Carradine and his tribesmen are willing to work for a black man. The "invasion" of Indians serves to stir up the racial divisiveness even farther, thanks to local rabble-rouser Jack Palance. The McMasters was originally released in two versions with two different endings, succinctly summing up the film's "no easy answers" stance.

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Black [race], Civil-War [US], hometown, master [slaveowner], Native-American, race-relations, veteran [military]