Rated: R For violence and sex. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: May 14, 1993 Released by: Gramercy Pictures
Posse has a lot to say. There is an attempt to show the West was won not only by Tom Mix and Gene Autry types, but by a large number of black cowboys as well.
It is at times strong and powerful, but it is consistently about violent revenge. It is well-photographed and is filled with interesting off-center characters. It also plays its characters as all bad or all good as the westerns of old did. White Colonel Graham (Billy Zane) has to be the worst military officer in American history.
Mario Van Peebles is Jessie Lee, the leader of a band of soldiers who find gold and escape from the army. They head west toward the town Lee's father established. They find the town lead by a corrupt sheriff and dominated by Sheriff Bates (Richard Jordan). Lee's father preached peace but was killed by Bates and Lee is determined to get revenge.
Jessie Lee's journey is worth watching, but the violence get in the way.