The Black Six (1974) is a combination of blaxploitation and outlaw biker film released in 1974. The movie was written by George Theakos and directed by Matt Cimber. It starred several National Football League stars in the title roles. The plot had some similarities to The Magnificent Seven and Easy Rider. It was one of the first all-black biker films.The titular "Black Six" was played by six then-current National Football League stars:
- Gene Washington, a wide receiver with the San Francisco 49ers
- Joe Greene, a defensive tackle with the Pittsburgh Steelers
- Mercury Morris, a running back with the Miami Dolphins
- Lem Barney, a cornerback with the Detroit Lions
- Willie Lanier, a linebacker with the Kansas City Chiefs
- Carl Eller, a defensive end with the Minnesota Vikings
In addition, the cast includes Ben Davidson, who had recently retired from football, as a member of a motorcycle gang opposing the Black Six. Maury Wills, a recently retired Major League Baseball star, also has a role in the film.
Washington was given the lead role due to him having previous acting experience; him and several other cast members (many of whom did more acting afterwards) later criticized how poorly the script had been written. Of the six protagonists, all except Washington and Morris have since been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The plot involves an African American veteran of the Vietnam War, played by Gene Washington, who returns home to find that his brother (played by Robert Howard) has been killed. The killing was done by a white motorcycle gang who objected to the fact that the Robert Howard character had been dating a white woman. The Gene Washington character and his motorcycle gang, also known as the Black Six, attempt to avenge the brother's death. The gang encounters a number of obstacles, including hostile motorcycle gangs (which included the Ben Davidson character) and prejudiced policemen. The movie ends in an inconclusive battle royale with caucasian white-supremist biker gang.