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The Liberation of L.B. Jones (1970)

The Liberation of L.B. Jones (1970)

The Liberation of L.B. Jones




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Justice runs red in the deep South in this powerful drama. Steve Mundine (Lee Majors) is a young lawyer who, shortly after marrying his sweetheart Nella (Barbara Hershey), takes a position with a law firm in a small Southern town, run by his uncle Oman Hedgepath (Lee J. Cobb). L.B. Jones (Roscoe Lee Browne) is a well-to-do African-American funeral director who comes to Hedgepath's firm in search of legal representation. Jones wishes to divorce his wife Emma (Lola Falana), but his grounds make the case a hot potato -- Jones has learned Emma has been having an affair with Willie Joe Worth (Anthony Zerbe), a white police officer who is the father of Emma's unborn child. Worth does not want his affair dragged into a court of law, so he and his fellow officer Stanley Bumpas (Arch Johnson) violently take matters into their own hands. The last feature film from legendary Hollywood director William Wyler, The Liberation of L.B. Jones was based on a novel by Jesse Hill Ford.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Jesse Hill Ford, Stirling Silliphant
Columbia Pictures


Lee J Cobb
as Oman Hedgepath
Anthony Zerbe
as Willie Joe Worth
Roscoe Lee Browne
as Lord Byron Jones
Lola Falana
as Emma Jones
Lee Majors
as Steve Mundine
Barbara Hershey
as Nella Mundine
Yaphet Kotto
as Sonny Boy Mosby
Arch Johnson
as Stanley Bumpas
Chill Wills
as Mr. Ike
Zara Cully
as Mama Lavorn
Ray Teal
as Police Chief
Eve McVeagh
as Miss Griggs, Secreta...
Sonora McKeller
as Miss Ponsella
John Jackson
as Suspect
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Full Review… | June 16, 2008
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