Something of Value (Africa Ablaze) (1957)


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When a native Kenyan tribe retaliates against English settlers, the friendship between two men is strained by the intense violence around them. Sidney Poitier and Rock Hudson star in this fact-based drama about the Mau Mau tribal raids--adapted from Robert Ruark's novel with a filmed prologue from Winston Churchill.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Richard Brooks
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On DVD: Jan 27, 2009
Warner Home Video


as Peter

as Kimani Wa Karanja

as Holly

as Elizabeth

as Jeff Newton

as Henry McKenzie

as Joe Matson

as Lathela

as Karanja

as Witch Doctor

as Adam Marenga

as Game Warden

as Little Henry

as Little Jeff

as Crown Consul

as Mr. Barker the Clien...

as Doctor

as Night Clerk

as Kikuyu Woman

as Kipi's Wife

as Superintendent

as Chief Hings

as Hand Clerk

as Askari
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Critic Reviews for Something of Value (Africa Ablaze)

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Brooks' chief insight -- good and bad on both sides, tolerance the answer -- hardly seizes the imagination, and the contentious climax, with Hudson carrying a wounded Poitier on his back, has every indication of being intended symbolically.

Full Review… | April 8, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

A pretty, good estimation of the social problems involved.

Full Review… | April 8, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Though the story is fiction, the film rings true, with a fair portrait of both sides of the conflict.

Full Review… | April 8, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

As drama not much in value.

Full Review… | May 5, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Something of Value (Africa Ablaze)

Extraordinary, truthful film about the effects of colonialism and racism. It's interesting that this film, based on the book by Richard Ruark, came out in 1957: a time of tumultuous change beginning to re-shape the world as we know it today. It was the same year Ghana became the first African country to win its independence and the Little Rock Nine faced violent, racist resistance in their efforts at integration and equality.

Christopher Bloodworth

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