The story, set in Kansas during the 1920s, covers less than a year in the life of a black teenager, and documents the veritable deluge of events which force him into sudden manhood. The family relationships and enmities, the fears, frustrations and ambitions of the black teenager in small-town America are explored with a strong statement about human values.
By the time he was 14, the boy had learned what life was all about...Betrayal, Shame, Murder
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This film was selected into the National Film Registry in 1989 (the first year of inductions) for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". See more
Referenced in Sweet Trash
My Baby's Gone
Sung by Jimmy Rushing See more