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The oldest son of a loving and strong family of black sharecroppers comes of age in the Depression-era South after his father is imprisoned for stealing food.

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

Lonne Elder III (screenplay), William H. Armstrong (novel)
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cicely Tyson ... Rebecca
Paul Winfield ... Nathan Lee
Kevin Hooks ... David Lee
Carmen Mathews ... Mrs. Boatwright
Taj Mahal ... Ike
James Best ... Sheriff Young
Eric Hooks Eric Hooks ... Earl
Yvonne Jarrell Yvonne Jarrell ... Josie Mae
Sylvia Kuumba Williams Sylvia Kuumba Williams ... Harriet (as Sylvia 'Kuumba' Williams)
Teddy Airhart Teddy Airhart ... Mr. Perkins (as Ted Airhart)
Richard Durham Richard Durham ... Perkins' Foreman
Wendell Brumfield Wendell Brumfield ... Deputy #1
Al Bankston Al Bankston ... Deputy #2
Myrl Sharkey Myrl Sharkey ... Teacher (as Merle Sharkey)
Inez Durham Inez Durham ... Court Clerk
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Storyline

The Morgans, a loving and strong family of Black sharecroppers in Louisiana in 1933, face a serious family crisis when the husband and father, Nathan Lee Morgan, is convicted of a petty crime and sent to a prison camp. After some weeks or months, the wife and mother, Rebecca Morgan, sends the oldest son, who is about 11 years old, to visit his father at the camp. The journey becomes something of an odyssey for the boy. During the journey, he stays a little while with a dedicated Black schoolteacher. Written by Ed Cannon <ecannon@mail.utexas.edu>

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Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1973 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Csibész See more »

Filming Locations:

Clinton, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The credits indicate that the movie's source material - the novel by William H. Armstrong - won the Newbery Award. See more »

Goofs

When embracing at the reunion, Earl's hands change position. See more »

Quotes

Camille: [reading to David Lee from W.E.B. Du Bois' "Of the Training of Black Men"] "The longing of black men must have respect."
[pauses to explain to David Lee]
Camille: Which means a man and a woman are human and must be treated that way.
[continues reading]
Camille: "The rich and bitter depth of their experience, the unknown treasures of their inner life, the strange rendings of nature they have seen, may give the world new points of view and make their loving, living, and doing precious to all human hearts. And to ...
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Featured in The 58th Annual Academy Awards (1986) See more »

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Give Me That Old Time Religion
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Nothing political about it
17 January 2009 | by cagordon22See all my reviews

This is a great movie. It's what you call a slice of life, and the life that's investigated is that of a desperately poor, horribly downtrodden African-American family in Depression-era Louisiana. Love it for what it is.

When I was watching this in the movie theatre for the first time in 1972, I was seated with my other high school friends behind 3 rows of a Southern Baptist Sunday School class, that was amply chaperoned by about 2 adults for every 5 children. Near the beginning of the film, as the family and Ike are passing a clapboard church that has a white congregation, David asks his father why black and white people go to different churches when God is the same God to everyone.

Ike pipes up and says once, when he was in another town, he accidentally stumbled into a white church on a Sunday morning, and was lucky to get out alive. So he asked God, "why did fellow Christians practically try to kill me just for coming to worship You with them?" And God replied to Ike, "Son, at least you got INSIDE a white church - I've been trying to do that for 2000 years!!" And with that, the entire 3 rows of Southern Baptist Sunday School, children and adults, stood up and walked out of the theatre! The truth hurts. This is a truthful beautiful movie. So glad I stumbled upon it today - just as Nathan Lee was coming home. Sigh.


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