Sing Your Song (2012)



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Sing Your Song, surveys the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte. From his rise to fame as a singer, inspired by Paul Robeson, and his experiences touring a segregated country, to his provocative crossover into Hollywood, Belafonte's groundbreaking career personifies the American civil rights movement and impacted many other social justice movements. Rostock reveals Belafonte as a tenacious hands on activist, who worked intimately with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., mobilized … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Television, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
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On DVD: May 29, 2012
Box Office: $47.7k
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as Harry Belafonte

as Tony Bennett

as Diahann Carroll

as Ruby Dee

as Whoopi Goldberg

as Coretta Scott King

as John Lewis

as Miriam Makeba

as Nelson Mandela

as Sidney Poitier

as George Schlatter

as Tom Smothers

as Desmond Tutu

as David Belafonte

as Gina Belafonte

as Shari Belafonte

as Julie Belafonte

as Pamela Belafonte

as Adrienne Belafonte B...

as Leadbelly

as Paul Robeson

as Marge Champion

as Fran Scott Attaway

as Nat 'King' Cole

as Odette

as Julian Bond

as J. Edgar Hoover

as Ed Sullivan

as Dinah Shore

as Steve Allen

as Dorothy Dandridge

as Mike Merrick

as Joan Fontaine

as Inger Stevens

as Marlon Brando

as Martin Luther King J...

as Merv Griffin

as John F. Kennedy

as Robert F. Kennedy

as Gloria Lynne

as Robert de Cormier

as J. Richard Kennedy

as Eleanor Roosevelt

as Tom Mboya

as Les Crane

as Charlton Heston

as James Baldwin

as Taylor Branch

as Paul Newman

as Willie Blue

as Fannie Lou Hamer

as Anthony Perkins

as Nipsey Russell

as Shelley Winters

as Sammy Davis Jr.

as Nina Simone

as Joan Baez

as Clarence Jones

as Petula Clark

as Dick Smothers

as Quincy Jones

as Buffy Sainte-Marie

as Dennis Banks

as Russell Means

as William Kunstler

as Ken Kragen

as Dr. Lloyd Greig

as Bo Taylor

as Nane Alejandrez

as Marian Wright Edelma...

as Juan Pacheco

as Kwabana Nixonng

as Carmen Perez

as Adé Bantu

as Abd Al Malik

as David Dinkins, Sr.

as Andrew Young

as Leon Bibb

as Peter Paul And Mary
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Critic Reviews for Sing Your Song

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (15)

Sing Your Song is broad and complete, but like most biographical documentaries of legendary performers that we've seen of late, it is also hagiographic.

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

By far the best parts are the first two-thirds, with the star taking center stage in history as it unfolds.

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
Top Critic

Abundant archival footage is in part a saving grace.

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
Uncle Barky
Top Critic

Sing Your Song is beautifully directed by Susanne Rostock to be as much about the man as it is about his times.

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The portrait of Belafonte that emerges from the film is also the portrait of the times of his life, the times of the nation's life in the past 60 years.

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

With excerpts of early clips of his first roles, to current interviews with him, the movie details a life of tremendous creativity and courage.

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Sing Your Song

Probably one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. I love how passionate Harry Belafonte is about his activism in human rights - and he surely continue to inspire us and other entertainers. Really glad I get to know him because of this film, such a courageous human being. So many great quotes that I could get from this film. The most important thing that I get from watching this is we have to stick up to our ideals, no matter how hard the circumstances are. Watched this film from the 55th BFI London Film Festival.

Nadira Irdiana

Super Reviewer


"Sing Your Song" is an illuminating documentary about the life, times and career of Harry Belafonte. Whereas some people like Bill Clinton only think of him as a very talented singer, there is much more to him, like his selfless activism which the movie focuses on that began with an eye-opening visit to the South and his first experiences with Jim Crow laws. So, he went to work to end desegregation in the civil rights movement, plus in his musical acts.(For example, there is a clip of him singing Hava Nagila.) But his experiences do not end there, as he has lately been expressing interest in the high number of minorities in prison in this country. All of which has not been without setbacks, as Belafonte also had to battle network censors in less enlightened days and before cable television but "The Smothers Brothers" having him singing Calypso in front of scenes of police riots just looked like they wanted to get fired at that point.(Although, if you have to go, that's the way to go.) So, whereas it is fair to assume the FBI was watching Belafonte like all other civil rights activists, the evidence the documentary has against one possible informer is spurious to say the least.

And your grandparents are right: Tony Bennett is cool.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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