Something of Value (Africa Ablaze) 1957

Something of Value

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In Kenya, Peter (Rock Hudson), the son of a white settler, forms a tight friendship with Kimani (Sidney Poitier), a Kenyan worker. After Kimani's father is imprisoned for enforcing a controversial tribal tradition, Kimani realizes his place is among the Mau Mau, a group that is organizing a revolt. The Mau Mau attacks Peter's brother-in-law Jeff (Robert Beatty) with tragic results, inspiring Peter to take action. When the two finally come face to face again, peace is hard to establish.

Cast

Sidney Poitier
as Kimani Wa Karanja
Wendy Hiller
as Elizabeth
Robert Beatty
as Jeff Newton
Walter Fitzgerald
as Henry McKenzie
Michael Pate
as Joe Matson
Ivan Dixon
as Lathela
Ken Renard
as Karanja
Samadu Jackson
as Witch Doctor
Frederick O'Neal
as Adam Marenga
Lester Matthews
as Game Warden
Gary Stafford
as Little Henry
Duncan Richardson
as Little Jeff
Leslie Denison
as Crown Consul
Robert Anderson
as Mr. Barker the Client
Wesley Bly
as Night Clerk
Paulene Myers
as Kikuyu Woman
Kim Hamilton
as Kipi's Wife
Barry Bernard
as Superintendent
Morgan Roberts
as Chief Hings
Naaman Brown
as Hand Clerk
Ike Jones
as Askari
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Critic Reviews for Something of Value (Africa Ablaze)

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  • Brooks' chief insight -- good and bad on both sides, tolerance the answer -- hardly seizes the imagination, and the contentious climax, with Hudson carrying a wounded Poitier on his back, has every indication of being intended symbolically.

    April 8, 2008 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • A pretty, good estimation of the social problems involved.

    April 8, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Adapted from the Robert Ruark novel, this overlong drama about Africa's Mau Mau troubles tries to deal fairly with both sides but never reaches any illuminating conclusions.

    November 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Though the story is fiction, the film rings true, with a fair portrait of both sides of the conflict.

    April 8, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • As drama not much in value.

    May 5, 2005 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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