as Rebecca Morgan
as Nathan Lee Morgan
as David Lee Morgan
as Camille Johnson
as Mrs. Boatwright
as Sheriff Young
as Josie Mae Morgan
as Earl Morgan
as Mr. Perkins
as Court Clerk
as Mrs. Clay
Critic Reviews for Sounder
Director Martin Ritt soaks us in the heat, the beauty, the racism and the buzzing cicadas of Louisiana.
Ritt's film must respond to the needs of an entertainment industry, and in its desire to be uplifting, leaves its characters one-dimensional without ensuring that the one dimension is heroic.
If Sounder, an inteligent enough movie, avoids all the major pitfalls of its type, it also lacks the excitement that may have come from plumbing greater depths and discovering a few tougher, less accessible insights.
It is one of the most compassionate and truthful of movies, and there's not a level where it doesn't succeed completely.
Audience Reviews for Sounder
16081: As I watched Sounder a thought, and feeling, came over me. I'm saddened a bit because I don't believe the majority of today's youth could sit through a film like this. Tell me I'm wrong. A wonderful film that shines a light in the dark. Warms my heart. So glad I picked it up.
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.
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