Sounder Reviews

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Super Reviewer
March 31, 2014
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 8, 2014
A black sharecropper family in 1933 Louisiana is so poor they cannot even feed their three children, despite working hard year round. So the father steals food and is promptly arrested and sentenced to a chain gang for a year. The family hound dog called Sounder, is shot by the racist police as he is being arrested, but it is not all doom and gloom.
February 22, 2014
A great family film about a Black family in the deep south in 1933 struggling to survive after the father is sent to jail for a petty crime. Cicely Tyson and Paul Winfield give outstanding performances, but it is Kevin Hooks who plays David, who is the film's center. His character becomes the man of the house and literally goes on a journey to find his dad and at the same time learns about himself.

Grade: A-
February 17, 2014
"Director Martin Ritt soaks us in the heat, the beauty, the racism and the buzzing cicadas of Louisiana."
October 30, 2013
I want to watch the full movie
May 26, 2013
Really good...glad I watched it.
½ July 21, 2012
3/5 for this one , the storyline was amazing and specially the part played by the couple and their son were amazing .
½ December 18, 2012
This was pretty solid. It was a good story supplemented by strong performances.
½ June 4, 2012
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.
February 29, 2012
I have never read the novel, but since all movies featuring a dog seem to include the dog dying at the end, I never watched the movie either until tonight. I'll just go ahead and let you know now, the dog does not die in this movie. Now that we've gotten past that, this is a touching, subtle, authentic movie well-worth checking out.
August 6, 2011
A solid plot makes this movie sound great.
February 10, 2011
This film shows a very close, supportive family that manages to overcome many hardships by depending on each other.
November 1, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010

(1972) Sounder
DRAMA

Plotless film which showcases a young African American young boy while growing up during "The Great Depression" USA! I have no idea why the movie is called "Sounder" since it is only a name the family named their dog who's hardly a factor! Great scenery as well as the country side but doesn't carry any message of any kind except to showcase the unequal treatment African Americans receive even as regular citizens! Good raw musical score by real life blues artist Taj Mahal who also has a role as Ike!

3 out of 4
September 21, 2009
***1/2 (out of four)

Set in Louisiana in the 1930's, a family of black sharecroppers and the hard times they face to make a living at the height of the great depression.
March 25, 2009
A breathtaking film. A heartbreaking look at African American life life during the Great Depression but with pure tenderness and a true example of the human spirit.
Super Reviewer
January 18, 2009
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.
½ November 22, 2008
ummmmmm i saw the last part it was ok
Super Reviewer
July 26, 2007
nominated for best picture by NBR and at the oscars
November 20, 2007
recommend this for a good sunday movie. teaches kids about family and togetherness.
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