The Learning Tree


The Learning Tree

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Autobiographical drama based on photographer Gordon Parks's 1963 novel, about the coming-of-age of a black teenager in rural Kansas during the 1920s.

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Dana Elcar
as Sheriff
Joel Fluellen
as Uncle Rob
Mira Waters
as Arcella Jefferson
Russell Thorson
as Judge Cavanaugh
Peggy Rea
as Miss McClintock
Carole Lamond
as Big Mabel
Kevin Hagen
as Doc Cravens
James 'Jimmy' Rushing
as Chappie Logan
Dub Taylor
as Spikey
Felix Nelson
as Jack Winger
George Mitchell
as Jake Kiner
Don Dubbins
as Harley Davis
Jon Lormer
as McCormack
Morgan Sterne
as Mr. Hall
Thomas Anderson
as Pastor Broadnap
Philip Roye
as Pete Winger
Hope Summers
as Mrs. Kiner
Alfred Jones
as Cap'n Tuck
Zooey Hall
as Chauncey Cavanaugh
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Audience Reviews for The Learning Tree

  • Jun 30, 2019
    This is an exceptional film that deserves to be better recognized by critics. More importantly, every American should see The Learning Tree.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2007
    A Grand Classic of Black Cinema brilliantly directed by Gordon Parks!!! Being the first feature to be directed by black man for a major film studio,this film shows 1920's Kansas as a brutal,hostile racist place and the experiences four friends encounter during the era of Jim Crow in the Midwest. Brilliant performances throughout from not only debut actor and newcomer Kyle Johnson,but also from Estelle Evans and Dana Elcar.
    Mister C Super Reviewer

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