Native Son

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Native Son's struggles with its problematic source material are uneven but overall compelling, thanks largely to Ashton Sanders' poised work in the central role.



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Bigger "Big" Thomas, a young African American man, lives with his mother and siblings in Chicago. Half-heartedly involved with a girlfriend, he sports green hair and a punk jacket, smokes weed, and carries a pistol but rebuffs his buddy's easy-money scheme to knock off a corner store. Full of self-determination, Big accepts a job as the chauffeur for wealthy businessman Will Dalton's family. Moving into their mansion, he begins driving Dalton's vehemently progressive daughter, Mary. But his involvement in an accidental death places Big on a collision course with the powerful social forces pitted against him.


Nick Robinson
as Jan Erlone
Margaret Qualley
as Mary Dalton
Sanaa Lathan
as Trudy Thomas
Ashton Sanders
as Bigger Thomas
KiKi Layne
as Bessie
Bill Camp
as Henry Dalton
Stephen Henderson
as Mr. Green (as Stephen Henderson)
Jerod Haynes
as Jack Harding
Joe Kurak
as Usher
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