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Blood Done Sign My Name (2010)



Critic Consensus: Even among civil rights movies, Blood Done Sign My Name is remarkably earnest, but its big heart can't cover for the bland acting and TV-style melodrama that blunts the movie's impact.

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In 1970 Henry Marrow, a black Vietnam veteran, is murdered by a local white man, Robert Teel, and his sons. The Teels were acquitted by an all-white jury, which caused riots and arson in Oxford, N.C.
PG-13 (for an intense scene of violence, thematic material involving racism, and for language)
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Nate Parker
as Ben Chavis
Rick Schroder
as Vernon Tyson
Nick Searcy
as Robert Teel
Lela Rochon
as Roseana Allen
Afemo Omilami
as Golden Frinks
Martin Thompson
as Judge Linwood Peoples
Michael May
as Gerald Teel
Darrin Dewitt Henson
as Eddie McCoy
Gattlin Griffith
as Young Tim Tyson
Lee Norris
as Roger Oakley
Michael Rooker
as Defense Attorney Billy Watkins
Omar Benson Miller
as Herman Cozart
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Critic Reviews for Blood Done Sign My Name

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (14)

You can't deny the inspirational qualities of the story or Parker's screen presence, any more than you could accuse the film of subtlety or of masking its conspicuous pro-Christian agenda.

February 24, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Though it can't quite transcend its filmmaker's earnest intentions, this solemn history lesson offers several powerful moments.

Full Review… | February 19, 2010
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Along the way there are many fine, precisely observed moments showing what race relations were like in this little tobacco town at the turn of the decade.

Full Review… | February 19, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

What the film lacks in psychological nuance it makes up for in unassuming, intimate social observation.

February 19, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

The story is well-told and well worth telling.

Full Review… | February 19, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

Beautifully shot and well-acted, if earnest, overlong and unfocused.

February 19, 2010
Dallas Morning News
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Audience Reviews for Blood Done Sign My Name

Based on a true story, this movie about racism in the South accomplished what it set out to do - tell a story of injustice. I had several friends work behind and in front of the camera on this movie, so I recommend my Charlotte, NC friends to watch it and support it - otherwise there are better movies out there that deal with this issue.

Jonathan Grubbs
Jonathan Grubbs

Racism--one of the most dirty words. It has been raising its ugly head since the birth of America. This true story will make you cringe with its relentless brutality, and appalling injustice! This town reacted to the crime this movie is based on by closing in the ranks of the whites, and eventually running their new pastor out of town. White supremacy died a SLOW death in the deep South.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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I thought this was a very good movie, and very informative. I enjoyed it very much, as I learned about another racial injustice that I had not heard of.

Michelle Olsen
Michelle Olsen

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