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The Learning Tree (1969)

The Learning Tree


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Movie Info

Autobiographical drama based on photographer Gordon Parks's 1963 novel, about the coming-of-age of a black teenager in rural Kansas during the 1920s.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Gordon Parks
In Theaters:
Warner Bros. Pictures


as Sheriff

as Uncle Rob

as Arcella Jefferson

as Judge Cavanaugh

as Miss McClintock

as Big Mabel

as Doc Cravens

as Spikey

as Jack Winger

as Jake Kiner

as Harley Davis

as McCormack

as Mr. Hall

as Pastor Broadnap

as Pete Winger

as Mrs. Kiner

as Cap'n Tuck

as Chauncey Cavanaugh

as Pastor Broadnap
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Critic Reviews for The Learning Tree

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (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.

Full Review… | October 16, 2007
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

It's conventional and rather toothless.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Falls into the path of giving a message more than it does letting things emerge organically.

Full Review… | August 25, 2011

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

Full Review… | August 5, 2009
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Visually beautiful and moving.

Full Review… | October 16, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Mister Caple

Super Reviewer

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