Negative Racial Portrayal in the Film "Predator" Film Review by Jay Writtings LLC

Negative Racial Portrayal in the Film "Predator"
A review of the film "Predator," directed by John McTiernan and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, focusing on the portrayal of African-American characters in the story.
# 120112 | 2,853 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 03, 2010 in African-American Studies (Racism) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This film review dissects the treatment of African-American characters in the film "Predator," directed by John McTiernan and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The paper analyzes and interprets the portrayal of Dillon, a CIA agent played by Carl Weathers; Mac, an Army sergeant portrayed by Bill Duke; and the Predator himself, played by Kevin Peter Hall. The paper concludes that the film, in essence, presents a negative image of blackness.

From the Paper:

"To begin, I want to look at Carl Weathers' character Dillon and how he is treated as black. The first time we see Dillon he is immediately marked as black. He has on a white shirt that makes his black skin stand out. When Arnold Schwarzenegger's character Dutch, the white hero of the film, first encounters Dillon he calls him a "son of a bitch," alluding to the semi-evil actions that Dillon will carry out later in the film. They then proceed to have an arm wrestling contest. Dutch's arm is clearly bigger and more muscular than Dillon's and to no surprise he wins the contest marking him as superior to the black man. The entire contest is a struggle for Dillon but he refuses to give up until being beaten whereupon Dutch says to him, "You never did know when to quit." This could be seen as a slight towards blacks in general whose struggles were manifested during the Civil Rights movement and who refused to give up even when faced with the most devastating of white obstacles."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Burroughs, Edgar Rice. Tarzan of the Apes. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1997.
  • Ebert. 16 Apr. 2000. Chicago Sun-Times. 16 Apr. 2000. <>
  • Predator. Dir. John McTiernan. Perf. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, and Kevin Peter Hall. DVD. Twentieth Century Fox, 1987.
  • Snead, James A. "Spectatorship and Capture in King Kong: The Guilty Look."
  • Representing Blackness: Issues in Film and Video. Ed. Valerie Smith. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1997. 25-45.

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