POSSE is a thoroughly traditional Western in all respects but the most obvious: its cast is almost entirely black, and the specifics of the story touch on the frontier experience of black cowboys, settlers, soldiers and merchants. The story, however, is conventional to the point of cliche,
with handsome, laconic loner Jesse Lee (Mario Van Peebles) and his posse of outcasts righting an unforgivable wrong, the murder of Lee's preacher father (Robert Hooks) by Klansmen.
POSSE opens in Cuba, during the Spanish-American War. Lee, a reluctant but exemplary soldier (we later learn he was sentenced to lifetime army service in lieu of hanging for the murder of one of t...