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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
Aug 18, 1972 Wide
Jan 14, 2003
Rainbow Group / KOCH Entertainment
Nathan Lee Morgan
David Lee Morgan
William T. Bennett
Josie Mae Morgan
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Director Martin Ritt soaks us in the heat, the beauty, the racism and the buzzing cicadas of Louisiana.
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.
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.
It is one of the most compassionate and truthful of movies, and there's not a level where it doesn't succeed completely.
Honest and touching, Martin Ritt's Oscar-nominated Sounder, a Depression-era saga, does proud the American family and the American family movie genre.
A very fine unpretentious, heartwarming and uplifting family drama about a Deep South black sharecropper family trying to survive during the Depression.
A masterwork from director Martin Ritt. Movies are rarely this empathetic.
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