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Something of Value (Africa Ablaze) (1957)

Something of Value (Africa Ablaze) (1957)

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The literalism of writer-director Richard Brooks serves him well in this meticulously faithful adaptation of the Robert Ruark novel Something of Value. Filmed on location in Africa, this is the story of the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya, as seen through the eyes of a handful of protagonists. Virtually alone in a sea of racist British colonialism, gentleman farmer Peter McKenzie (Rock Hudson) strives to understand the demands of freedom and equality made by Kenya's black population in particular and his childhood friend Kimani (Sidney Poitier) in particular. Ultimately, however, McKenzie and Kimani find themselves on opposite sides of the fence when the latter aligns himself with the Mau Mau. Without advocating the terrorism of this controversial movement, the screenplay is careful to deal the ongoing iniquities and frustrations that forced men like Kimani to take arms against their white brethren. There were a few theatres in the American south who, feeling that the racial tensions inherent in Something of Value hit too close to home, refused to book this fascinating, thought-provoking, often startlingly brutal film.

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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)

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

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…
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A pretty, good estimation of the social problems involved.

April 8, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | 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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