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Purlie Victorious (1963)

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A bit too heavy-handed in its efforts to expose the audience to civil rights, bigotry and prejudice, this somewhat loose adaptation of the play "Purlie Victorious" still has some redeeming qualities. A black preacher returns to his community in rural Georgia with revenge on his mind. He wants to bring down a local plantation-owning tyrant and educate the community about the evils of prejudice and bigotry. He finds a surprising ally in the man's own son, played by Alan Alda (in his film debut) as a progressive-minded Southern gentleman. Some good characterizations juxtaposed with some really stereotypical ones makes this less a movie than the original play warranted it to be, but it is still interesting.

Cast

Ruby Dee
as Lutiebelle
Ossie Davis
as Purlie Victorious
Sorrell Booke
as Capt. Cotchipee
Alan Alda
as Charlie Cotchipee
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