Masculinity in the Interracial Buddy Film

“Buddy films” about men of different races depict a world where a peaceful balance is possible and conflicts can be resolved. Since the 1930’s these films have presented various forms of masculinity, reflecting dominating social traditions, images of men and manhood within the culture. This critical study analyzes the idealized relationships and the heterosexual masculine roles within films like Silver Streak, 48 Hrs., Beverly Hills Cop, Lethal Weapon and The Shawshank Redemption. Each chapter focuses upon a particular era in the development of the interracial buddy film. The book also examines the film sequel as a validation of the enduring significance of interracial interaction. The discussion includes films with varied racial and ethnic combinations, such as Tin Cup, Rush Hour, Shanghai Noon and Ocean’s Eleven.

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