OUTLAW JOHNNY BLACK (2023) Reviews of Michael Jai White’s comedic Western

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‘From the brothers that brought you Black Dynamite’
Outlaw Johnny Black is a 2023 American comedic Western film about a wanted man who poses as a preacher to avenge his father’s death. Formerly titled The Outlaw Johnny Black

Directed, co-produced by and starring Michael Jai White (Never Back Down) from a screenplay co-written with Byron Minns. Also produced by Donovan de Boer, Grant Gilmore and Byron Minns.

The Jaigantic Studios production also stars Anika Noni Rose, Erica Ash, Byron Minns, Kym Whitley, Eme Ikwuakor and Tony Baker.

Hell-bent on avenging the death of his father, Johnny Black vows to gun down Brett Clayton and becomes a wanted man in the process while posing as a preacher in a small mining town that’s been taken over by a notorious landbaron…


“This film is an incredibly well-written lighthearted comedy and does go the goofy road, but there was never a time where I felt the movie was mocking the genre or trying to go past the fragile barrier between comedy and spoof. It settles itself quite comfortably in a realm of badassery, comedy, and shockingly genuine faith-based drama.” ★★★★½ The Action Elite

“not every joke lands as intended and there are a couple of instances of White simply trying too hard. You could also make the case that the movie didn’t need to be over two hours long. But what can I say? I soaked up every minute – admiring the throwback craftsmanship, trying to spot the many callbacks, chuckling at the subtle and not-so-subtle humor, and enjoying the handful of cameos…” ★★★★ Keith and the Movies




Director Michael Jai White commented: “I hope this movie, inspired by the late Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, creates for others, the kind of joy I felt as a child when I could watch movies over and over with my family and get something new each time!”

Release date:
In the US, Outlaw Johnny Black will be released theatrically by Samuel Goldwyn Films on September 15, 2023.



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