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Sounder (1972)

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60

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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Martin Ritt's big-screen adaptation of William H. Armstrong's Newberry Award winning novel, Sounder stars Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, and Kevin Hooks as a black family struggling through life in depression-era Louisiana. The Morgan family is poor, but close. Young son David (Hooks) enjoys hunting with his father Nathan (Paul Winfield) and his trusted dog Sounder. Eventually, they fall on such rough times that Nathan steals a loaf of bread to feed his family, but he is arrested and sentenced to

G,

Drama, Kids & Family, Classics

Lonne Elder, III

Jan 14, 2003

Rainbow Group / KOCH Entertainment

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (2) | DVD (2)

Director Martin Ritt soaks us in the heat, the beauty, the racism and the buzzing cicadas of Louisiana.

April 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Ritt's film must respond to the needs of an entertainment industry, and in its desire to be uplifting, leaves its characters one-dimensional without ensuring that the one dimension is heroic.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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If Sounder, an inteligent enough movie, avoids all the major pitfalls of its type, it also lacks the excitement that may have come from plumbing greater depths and discovering a few tougher, less accessible insights.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It is one of the most compassionate and truthful of movies, and there's not a level where it doesn't succeed completely.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Painfully honest, unpretentious, and blessedly simple.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Affecting update of the coming-of-age classic.

December 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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Honest and touching, Martin Ritt's Oscar-nominated Sounder, a Depression-era saga, does proud the American family and the American family movie genre.

March 5, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Heartbreaking and intelligent.

April 3, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A very fine unpretentious, heartwarming and uplifting family drama about a Deep South black sharecropper family trying to survive during the Depression.

May 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A masterwork from director Martin Ritt. Movies are rarely this empathetic.

July 27, 2002
Matinee Magazine

Another fine example of Martin Ritt's earthy southern dramas

June 19, 2002 Full Review Source: All Movie Guide
All Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Sounder

good film
March 17, 2011
erika250
erika bruhns

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This tale of a poor black family in the post slavery period is a good but not great early attempt to investigate the continuing influence of racism in the deep South. Likely stirring it its time, it has been eclipsed with far better more modern works.
March 31, 2014
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

A great family drama about how shitty it was to be black, poor, and live in Louisiana during the Great Depression. It's not over sentimental and race isn't as big a issue as you would think. Great performances from Winfield and Hooks as father and son.
January 18, 2009
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