Joshua (1976 film)

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Joshua The Black Rider poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Larry G. Spangler
Produced by Executive producer:
Lee B. Winkler
Larry G. Spangler
Written by Fred Williamson
Starring Fred Williamson
Cal Bartlett
Music by Mike Irwin
Cinematography Robert Hopkins
Edited by James E. Nownes
Distributed by Lone Star
Release date
December 1976
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Joshua is a 1976 American film directed by Larry G. Spangler.[1]

The film is also known as Black Rider, Joshua the Black Rider or Revenge.


A black soldier returns from fighting for the Union in the Civil War only to find out that his mother has been murdered by a gang of white thugs. He becomes a bounty hunter, determined to track down and kill the men who killed his mother.


  • Fred Williamson as Joshua
  • Cal Bartlett as Jed
  • Brenda Venus as Sam's Wife
  • Isela Vega as Mexican Woman
  • Bud Stout as Rex
  • Henry Hendrick as Sam
  • Ralph Willingham as Weasle
  • Kathryn Jackson as Martha, Josh's Mom

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Critical reception[edit]

According to film critic Ian Jane, "If you're a Williamson fan, you'll enjoy the film as he basically carries it and does a pretty decent job as the steely eyed man of few words. The film makes great use of its locations and is well photographed - the widescreen compositions are frequently impressive, and the movie zips along at a good pace, but it's not the most original western ever made in terms of story or character development. That said, there's enough action and intrigue here to keep most fans happy and, as mentioned, Williamson makes the most of his leading man status in this picture. Brenda Venus is also pretty captivating here, the camera loves her and you can't really blame it. She's alluring enough that you can certainly understand Sam's desire to get her back. If not a classic, Joshua is still a pretty worthwhile watch, particularly if you're a Williamson fan."[2]


  1. ^ Ian Jane (16 August 2011). "Cut-Throats Nine / Joshua". DVD Talk. 
  2. ^ Jane,Ian. DVD Talk, "Cut-Throats Nine/Joshua", August 18, 2011. Last accessed: June 6, 2013.

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