Native Son (1951)

Native Son





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African-American playwright Richard Wright's 1940 novel Native Son was too explosive for any Hollywood studio in 1951. However, an enterprising Argentine filmmaking firm was able to attain American backing (and a few location shots filmed in Chicago) for a cheap but satisfying cinemazation of the novel. Author Wright himself is cast as Bigger Thomas, a young Chicago black man who chafes at the thought of never being considered an equal in a white-dominated society. Bigger gets a job as chauffeur … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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On DVD: Mar 30, 1994

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as Bigger Thomas

as Mary Dalton

as Bessie Mears

as Mr.Dalton

as Britten

as Farley

as Hannah Thomas
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All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Limited budget, black and white melodramatic pacing and scripting, awkward direction and inferior acting are what contribute to its shortcomings as pure film.

Full Review… | September 30, 2012
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

When Richard Wright went wrong.

Full Review… | August 10, 2007
Film Threat

A mediocre 'man-on-the-run' crime drama without any twists or likable three-dimensional characters to keep your interest.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

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