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April 19, 2017
Important on several levels: fine adaptation of Faulkner novel (very difficult), illustration of racial climate and filmed on location in Mississippi, a good historical story.
March 17, 2015
Great movie. William Faulkner's racially charged story of a Black man who was found with a smoking gun and a murdered community leader. The only thing standing between him and a lynch mob of hyper-racist is a small elderly woman and two teenage boys. Excellent choice for Black history month. WARNING: The n-word is used liberally.
January 16, 2014
one of the better hollywood's postwar 'racial tolerence"pics
February 13, 2012
Lynch mobs sure have a lot of time on their hands, all those hours milling about outside jails and such.
½ January 16, 2012
for 1949, this social drama was ahead of its time. very intense.
½ August 7, 2011
Writer Ralph Ellison celebrated the existence of this film in his essay "The Shadow and the Act". He said that although other post-War films did make strides in portraying black folks sympathetically, this was the first that would not have been hooted at by any all-black audience. That is, its portrayal of racial roles and its resolution of racial tensions is at least honest. That's in contrast to other films of the time that attempted to deal with race, like Pinky, Lost Boundaries, and Home of the Brave. Plus there's a pretty good murder mystery at the center. A cultural landmark that helped get us over the ugly cinematic hump put in place by The Birth of a Nation.
November 14, 2010
Ahead of its time in tackling the issues surrounding biassed justice in the fourties. A black man finds himself in the horrid position of being persecuted before having a honest tribulation. His only rescue is an unlikely band of heroes: an angelic young man, his black friend and an old lady. The movie is very delicate in its subject matter and doesn't judge any of its characters. They are part of a system that is outrageously wrong. I particularly love the character of Lucas Beauchamp (Juano Hernandez), he defies being a caricature by playing him as the strong and powerful man that he is.
September 7, 2010
Classic book and a classic movie. They were a little dangerous at the gas pump however.
January 26, 2009
A frank exploration of race relations in the South. Didactic, but mostly in a good way.
January 12, 2009
Sounds like the movie To Kill A Mockingbird, I love that movie.
January 7, 2009
This movie was before it's time. Really enjoy seeing Juano Hernandez walk with his head up and snicker with his eyes in the face of racism
Super Reviewer
July 14, 2008
nominated for best picture by NBR
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