Sounder

1972, Drama, 1h 45m

21 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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The Morgans, a family of poor black sharecroppers in the Depression-plagued South, struggle to find enough to eat despite the help their hunting dog, Sounder. When father Nathan (Paul Winfield) resorts to stealing food, he is captured by police and sent to prison, and his wife, Rebecca (Cicely Tyson), is left to care for their son, David (Kevin Hooks). Though Sounder has run away, David never gives up hope that his dog will return, just as he believes that he will see his father again someday.

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  • Feb 10, 2021
    Moving coming-of-age drama that celebrates the vital perseverance of family through the invisible shackles of sharecropping. At no point does 'Sounder' veer into poverty porn exploiting suffering; instead it's bursting at the seams with the steady strength of compassion and the dignified force of family. The lack of a score is key; it frees many scenes from manipulation and allows the performances (especially of Winfield and Tyson) to speak for themselves. Other than minimal banjo notes, the music of the South is the chirping of birds, the hissing of cicadas, and the melodies of spirituals on the breeze. Rest in peace, Cicely Tyson.
    Marisol M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2014
    This tale of a poor black family in the post slavery period is a good but not great early attempt to investigate the continuing influence of racism in the deep South. Likely stirring it its time, it has been eclipsed with far better more modern works.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2009
    A great family drama about how shitty it was to be black, poor, and live in Louisiana during the Great Depression. It's not over sentimental and race isn't as big a issue as you would think. Great performances from Winfield and Hooks as father and son.
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