Nothing But a Man

Film, Drama
4 out of 5 stars
Nothing But a Man

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

‘Nothing but a Man’, originally released in 1964, set out to do something rarely before seen in American cinema – portray multi-dimensional, complex black characters. The plot follows railroad worker Duff (Ivan Dixon) as he falls in love with teacher Josie (Abbey Lincoln). Along the way Duff has to deal with his relationships with his drunken father and four-year-old son. Add to the mix Josie’s steely preacher father, and you have some intense family drama.

With its ‘kitchen sink’ sensibility, the film manages to deal with racism, broken families and more in 95 minutes. Not a word of its succinct, realistic dialogue is wasted, and in every case, less is more. The performances and script are so believable and lifelike they cement the place of ‘Nothing but a Man’ as a seminal film in the history of American cinema.

By: Peter deGraft-Johnson



Release details

Release date:
Friday September 27 2013
91 mins

Cast and crew

Michael Roemer
Michael Roemer, Robert M Young
Ivan Dixon
Abbey Lincoln
Julius Harris
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