The Well

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The Well is a modest but generally effective plea for racial tolerance. Based loosely on a real incident, the film tells of the disappearance of a little African-American girl in a small, segregated community. Caucasian Claude Packard (Harry Morgan, the nephew of the town's richest man (Barry Kelley), is the last person seen with the little girl. Sensing a coverup when Morgan is not immediately charged, the black community is on the verge of a riot. But when it's discovered that the little girl has fallen down a well, all racial differences are forgotten as black and white neighbors work shoulder to shoulder to rescue the child. The Well tries very hard to be equitable by 1951 standards, and is heartfelt enough to overcome its occasional lapses into stereotype and condescension.


Critic Reviews for The Well

All Critics (1) | Fresh (1)

  • Plays out much like 21st-century social media, in which the spread of misinformation (both inadvertent and deliberate) can lead to a snowballing outrage throughout the political spectrum.

    Oct 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Well

  • Jun 18, 2009
    i found it minorly engaging. it was better when they were fussing and fighting than when they all got together to rescue the little girl. then it all seemed drawn out. put it this way, it weren't exactly to kill a mocking bird...
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer

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