Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975)





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Cornbread is an African-American youth who strives to escape his ghetto surroundings. He does so by becoming a high school basketball star -- and the idol of the other youngsters in his community. On the verge of starting college on a scholarship, Cornbread is mistakenly killed by a police officer.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Leonard Lamensdorf
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 15, 2001
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as Benjamin Blackwell

as Atkins

as Cornbread

as Themselves

as One Eye

as Deputy Coroner

as Mrs. Parsons

as Sgt. Danaher

as Detective Simmons
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Critic Reviews for Cornbread, Earl and Me

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Though a few overwrought scenes are reminiscent of a TV movie, on the whole this is an involving and touching film.

Full Review… | November 6, 2001
Apollo Guide

October 3, 2005

September 18, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Cornbread, Earl and Me

In a neat piece of cinematic symmetry, one-and-a-half-decades before Larry Fishburne as Furious Styles tells his son "any fool with a d**k can make a baby, but only a real man can raise his children" , little Laurence Fishburne III is getting some wisdom on becoming that man from his mom.
Slightly cheesy drama about an accidental police shooting and the moves to cover it up by all and sundry by smearing the innocent victim's reputation. Of its time but still relevant today, and amongst the variable acting talents, Fishburne is a standout.

Lesley N

Super Reviewer

Good early 70's movie about a positive role model mistakenly gunned down by the fuzz. A pre Apocalypse Now Laurence Fishburne is one of Cornbread's friend's affected by his loss and along with his mother has to clear a police cover up. You've got Bernie Casey and Moses Gunn in the mix too. The music is cheese fun. Gotta love the song that goes "He's Cornbread."

Rodney Eckrich

This film was something that hung around on the TiVo forever, but when I finally watched it I was immediately struck by the desire to run out and buy a copy, as it's a very well made look at the corruption that rears its head when a rising basketball star and neighborhood inspiration is shot down due to a case of mistaken identity.


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