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Hallelujah (1929)





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A seductive young woman in a religious community of black sharecroppers manipulates an innocent man into committing murder. Although reflecting its era's racism, this film is a remarkable attempt to depict black life realistically and sympathetically. Shot as a silent, with sound dubbed in later.
Classics , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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William Fontaine
as Hot Shot
Harry Gray
as Parson
Victoria Spivey
as Missy Rose
Robert Couch
as Johnson Kid
Walter Tait
as Johnson Kid
Milton Dickerson
as Johnson Kid
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Critic Reviews for Hallelujah

All Critics (4)

The inventive director King Vidor reeceived a well-deserved Oscar nomination for making MGM's first all-black feature, shot on locations and later dubbed for sound.

Full Review… | July 6, 2011

It's best looked at as an historical curiosity that gives one an idea of the African-Americans beginnings in the Hollywood movie before even the race films.

Full Review… | May 4, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Vidor's gaze can be condescendingly paternal.

Full Review… | February 16, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

A milestone on the road that led from Stepin Fetchit to Sidney Poitier to Spike Lee...

January 12, 2006
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for Hallelujah


It is admirable that Vidor wanted to show "the Southern Negro as he is" in this historically important, all-black musical film intended for a general audience as an authentic representation of black culture in the 1920s, but it is also unfortunately very condescending and artificial.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Perhaps a little shaky in the narrative department, but the acting and music are some of my all-time favorites. Tyler Perry should take note on how to make a respectable black drama.

Joseph Brown
Joseph Brown

Yeah. Not much to mine of interest here. Blacks on screen! Ooh wow! It's a wee bit condescending.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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