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The Learning Tree

The Learning Tree (1969)

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Critic Reviews: 3
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Gordon Parks' adaptation of his own novel The Learning Tree stars Kyle Johnson as Newt, a black teenager living in 1920s Kansas. He is an intelligent even-tempered young man who meets the many racial prejudices he faces with composure and pride. His best friend Marcus (Alex Clarke) is hot-headed and prone to react emotionally when confronted with life's problems. Newt gets into a difficult situation when he witnesses a murder and must decide if he should come forward to clear the man being

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Gordon Parks

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (3)

The Learning Tree is a sentimental, sometimes awkward, but ultimately moving film about the growing-up of a black teenager in rural Kansas during the 1920s.

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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The restraint, the composure, the sufficiency of the sentimental gesture constitute a small gift for memory and a real victory in the first stages of this filmmaker's career.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's conventional and rather toothless.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Falls into the path of giving a message more than it does letting things emerge organically.

August 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Forty years ago, pioneer Gordon Parks had to step with extra care filming 'The Learning Tree' lest the door shut behind him.

August 5, 2009 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Visually beautiful and moving.

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Low key, powerful story

October 23, 2004

Touching autobiographical story with brilliant cinematography.

August 16, 2003
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Audience Reviews for The Learning Tree

A Grand Classic of Black Cinema brilliantly directed by Gordon Parks!!! Being the first feature to be directed by black man for a major film studio,this film shows 1920's Kansas as a brutal,hostile racist place and the experiences four friends encounter during the era of Jim Crow in the Midwest. Brilliant performances throughout from not only debut actor and newcomer Kyle Johnson,but also from Estelle Evans and Dana Elcar.
March 23, 2010
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