Something of Value (Africa Ablaze) (1957)
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as Kimani Wa Karanja
as Jeff Newton
as Henry McKenzie
as Joe Matson
as Witch Doctor
as Adam Marenga
as Game Warden
as Little Henry
as Little Jeff
as Crown Consul
as Mr. Barker the Client
as Night Clerk
as Kikuyu Woman
as Kipi's Wife
as Chief Hings
as Hand Clerk
Critic Reviews for Something of Value (Africa Ablaze)
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.
Though the story is fiction, the film rings true, with a fair portrait of both sides of the conflict.
Audience Reviews for Something of Value (Africa Ablaze)
the movie was fair. neither Hudson nor Poitier were stellar in their roles. interesting that it was made in the era of the anti-colonial insurgency. the story is compelling and worth watching for 'educational' purposes.
Extraordinary, truthful film about the effects of colonialism and racism. It's interesting that this film, based on the book by Richard Ruark, came out in 1957: a time of tumultuous change beginning to re-shape the world as we know it today. It was the same year Ghana became the first African country to win its independence and the Little Rock Nine faced violent, racist resistance in their efforts at integration and equality.
[img]http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B00004CO6R.02._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V1131627991_.jpg[/img] This is a movie about two friends growing up in Africa. The problem is that one is white and the other one is black. But the black friends mom helped to raise him because his mom was dead. The problem is the white family has money and the blacks are treated like slaves. Most of the white workers don't respect any of the blacks. Well one day when the black friend is slapped and made fun of he decides to leave the camp and get involved in a terrorist group. The white friend goes out to look for him but realizes that his friend is now a lost cause and must join in the hunt as well. The main characters are played by Sidney Poitier and Rock Hudson. Both of them are effective in their roles but the movie is mediocre at best. It is very predictable and very long and drawn out. It did have decent cinematography but after just watching Out Of Africa there was no comparison. Overall, I would skip this movie you aren't going to miss much. Plus the story has been done to death now anyways.
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