If you ever get the chance to read the original proposed script for The Klansman written by Samuel Fuller I suggest you do, its the story of a small town sheriff and his partner infiltrating the KK in the 70's Its very good. If you decide to watch the movie that was completely re-worked and changed I suggest you do that as well. That is if the though of OJ Simpson with a sniper rifle doesn't offend you. Yes, that OJ, who personally I have no problem with, and lets also keep in mind this was made in 1974 before any OJ "Stuff" happened.
The Klansman is the story of a white woman who is raped by as she never sees who did it, yes that's right, the town assumes a black guy did it. So that angers the local chapter of the KKK who happen to see a couple black guys out one evening. The castrate and kill one, but the second, played by OJ Simpson gets away.
Around the same time former townswoman Loretta Sykes has decided to come home to visit her dying grandmother, but as she is now a civil rights activist the KKK think she's there to bother them and stir up trouble as the young woman who was raped in the beginning has been ostracized by the town. Not because she was raped, but because she had known relations with black men.
Now as this is all happening OJ has returned with a sniper rifle and is now going after revenge on the KKK for killing his friend. This leads to a big shoot out at the end.
I like the film. It gets trounced for the horrible acting, the bad script, the beyond offensive dialogue, but in reality its not a bad film. Its no different than any other 70's exploitation films made around the same time. Sure the fact that The Juice is in it will turn some people away, and that's ok. But if you want to see 70's cinema check this out.
Olive Films have released it on Blu-ray and the transfer is fantastic. Also they were able to secure the R rated version that has long been absent in the market, with the exception of low rent bootlegs floating around. Most versions contain the censored version.
Bottom line, this is a film worth checking out.
Overall 2.5 out of 5 stars!