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Nothing But a Man (1963)

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Average Rating: 8.4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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A landmark independent film, Nothing but a Man is the first dramatic story featuring a largely black cast created for an integrated audience (the work of black filmmakers such as Oscar Micheaux was intended for audiences who patronized black-only theaters). White filmmakers Michael Roemer and Robert M. Young traveled through the South in 1962 in search of ideas for a fiction feature set during the growing turbulence of the civil rights era. Their story, based in Alabama but shot in southern New

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Robert M. Young, Michael Roemer

Sep 28, 2004

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The title almost suggests manhood as something trifling. The film, however, confirms it's a mighty hard ideal to reach.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Its historical import as a peripheral civil-rights document can't be understated.

November 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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[Roemer] and his collaborators create images and sounds, characters and situations, that embody the title's existential affirmation.

October 1, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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A sincere, intelligent, and effectively acted independent feature.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The performances are so fresh and natural - yet so subtle and delicately judged. The direction is superb in its control and the cinematography creates a gripping docu-realist vision.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

In addition to its marvellous performances and perspicacious treatment of difficult themes, Nothing But a Man is a technical triumph.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

As a political statement, it's wholly implicit, without a hint of the soapbox.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

One of the best black films ever made.

July 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Roemer had little more than his wits and good intentions to work with, and that DIY attitude makes the movie reverberate like a blues chord.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

It can't be overstated just how Nothing But a Man is militantly tone-deaf to the Hollywood muzak of race relations.

November 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

It is difficult to fathom the long obscurity of this sincere, compassionate film.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Nothing But a Man

A man trying to make a voice while making inner changes for himself. I thought the main character's father (Harris) played an outstanding role for being an alcoholic father who never cared about his son.
November 30, 2007
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