Thomasine & Bushrod

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Thomasine and Bushrod
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Directed by Gordon Parks Jr.
Produced by Harvey Bernhard
Max Julien
Written byMax Julien
Starring Vonetta McGee
Max Julien
Music byColeridge-Tylor Perkinson
Edited byFrank C. Decot
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
April 10, 1974
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Thomasine & Bushrod is a 1974 blaxploitation film directed by Gordon Parks, Jr., written by and starring Max Julien and Vonetta McGee and was released by Columbia Pictures. [1] The title song was written by Arthur Lee and performed by his band Love.

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Vonetta McGee American actress

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Plot

Vonetta McGee plays Thomasine and Max Julien plays Bushrod in a film intended as a counterpart to the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde .

<i>Bonnie and Clyde</i> (film) 1967 American biographical crime film directed by Arthur Penn

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Cast

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References

  1. Lowry, Katharine (July 1974). "When All the Laughter Turned to Sap". Texas Monthly. p. 31.