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Time Out says

Conscientiously made, with a script by a well-known black playwright and small parts filled in by locals, this attempts to go some way beyond the merely nostalgic in its recreation of the life of a black sharecropper's family during the Depression. Beneath the apparent resignation of the characters, there lurks a determination to beat the life they've been forced into. It even points, through the boys' discovery of an all-black school which teaches black history and black pride, to a militant future. But if you compare Ritt's film to Third World movies about oppressed people living in startlingly similar conditions, you notice what's missing: the feeling of bone-edge existence and incipient anger. Those films serve an immediate function, to change the lives of the people they're made about and for; 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.
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Release details

UK release:

1972

Duration:

105 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Martin Ritt

Cast:

James Best, Taj Mahal, Carmen Mathews, Kevin Hooks, Paul Winfield, Cicely Tyson, Yvonne Jarrell

Music:

Taj Mahal

Art Director:

Walter Scott Herndon

Editor:

Sidney Levin

Cinematography:

John A Alonzo

Screenwriter:

Lonne Elder III

Producer:

Robert B Radnitz

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