During the days of the Great Depression, an African-American family in Louisiana barely gets through the days. The father, Nathan Lee (Cecil Winfield) is so desperate to get food for his family, that he and his son David Lee (Kevin Hooks) hunt for raccoons... and fail, which leads to him stealing a loaf of bread from another residences. He gets caught and as they haul him away, their dog, Sounder, chases after them and is shot in the face, of which he runs away to what we assume to his death. This leaves the mother (Cicely Tyson) raising the children and running their small farm all by themselves, with Kevin searching for both his dog and his the prison camp to where his father has been sent. Although it seems surprising that Sounder returns to the family, this movie shows a unique perspective of African-Americans just getting by during the early 1930's. It is not big on continuously slamming the black people, but just showing their way living poor life and thankfully getting through. The characters are likable, and the acting is generally quite good. As well, the directors are able to successfully chronicle the roughness of the time period by placing the viewer back into the 1930's. Worth the watch for movie buffs.