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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 celebrities for social justice, participated in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, and took action to counter gang violence, prisons, and the incarceration of youth. -- (C) Official Sitemore
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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Harry Belafonte
as Harry Belafonte
Tony Bennett
as Tony Bennett
Diahann Carroll
as Diahann Carroll
Ruby Dee
as Ruby Dee
Whoopi Goldberg
as Whoopi Goldberg
Coretta Scott King
as Coretta Scott King
John Lewis
as John Lewis
Miriam Makeba
as Miriam Makeba
Nelson Mandela
as Nelson Mandela
Sidney Poitier
as Sidney Poitier
George Schlatter
as George Schlatter
Tom Smothers
as Tom Smothers
Desmond Tutu
as Desmond Tutu
David Belafonte
as David Belafonte
Gina Belafonte
as Gina Belafonte
Shari Belafonte
as Shari Belafonte
Julie Belafonte
as Julie Belafonte
Pamela Belafonte
as Pamela Belafonte
Adrienne Belafonte B...
as Adrienne Belafonte B...
as Leadbelly
Paul Robeson
as Paul Robeson
Marge Champion
as Marge Champion
Fran Scott Attaway
as Fran Scott Attaway
Nat 'King' Cole
as Nat 'King' Cole
as Odette
Julian Bond
as Julian Bond
J. Edgar Hoover
as J. Edgar Hoover
Ed Sullivan
as Ed Sullivan
Dinah Shore
as Dinah Shore
Steve Allen
as Steve Allen
Dorothy Dandridge
as Dorothy Dandridge
Mike Merrick
as Mike Merrick
Joan Fontaine
as Joan Fontaine
Inger Stevens
as Inger Stevens
Marlon Brando
as Marlon Brando
Martin Luther King J...
as Martin Luther King J...
Merv Griffin
as Merv Griffin
John F. Kennedy
as John F. Kennedy
Robert F. Kennedy
as Robert F. Kennedy
Gloria Lynne
as Gloria Lynne
Robert de Cormier
as Robert de Cormier
J. Richard Kennedy
as J. Richard Kennedy
Eleanor Roosevelt
as Eleanor Roosevelt
Tom Mboya
as Tom Mboya
Les Crane
as Les Crane
Charlton Heston
as Charlton Heston
James Baldwin
as James Baldwin
Taylor Branch
as Taylor Branch
Paul Newman
as Paul Newman
Willie Blue
as Willie Blue
Fannie Lou Hamer
as Fannie Lou Hamer
Anthony Perkins
as Anthony Perkins
Nipsey Russell
as Nipsey Russell
Shelley Winters
as Shelley Winters
Sammy Davis Jr.
as Sammy Davis Jr.
Nina Simone
as Nina Simone
Joan Baez
as Joan Baez
Clarence Jones
as Clarence Jones
Petula Clark
as Petula Clark
Dick Smothers
as Dick Smothers
Quincy Jones
as Quincy Jones
Buffy Sainte-Marie
as Buffy Sainte-Marie
Dennis Banks
as Dennis Banks
Russell Means
as Russell Means
William Kunstler
as William Kunstler
Ken Kragen
as Ken Kragen
Dr. Lloyd Greig
as Dr. Lloyd Greig
Bo Taylor
as Bo Taylor
Nane Alejandrez
as Nane Alejandrez
Marian Wright Edelma...
as Marian Wright Edelma...
Juan Pacheco
as Juan Pacheco
Kwabana Nixonng
as Kwabana Nixonng
Carmen Perez
as Carmen Perez
Adé Bantu
as Adé Bantu
Abd Al Malik
as Abd Al Malik
David Dinkins, Sr.
as David Dinkins, Sr.
Andrew Young
as Andrew Young
Leon Bibb
as Leon Bibb
Peter Paul And Mary
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

What an amazing, important film! This documentary about the amazing life and career of Harry Belafonte contains key footage of iconic moments in the social justice / civil rights / human rights movements around the world for the past sixty years. The stories are raw and painful. The voices soar and serve as an inspiration. May Belafonte's amazing talent, bravery, passion and courage serve as a teaching tool and inspiration to a new generation of social activism. Bravo!

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