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In the back country of South Africa, black minister Stephen Kumalo (Canada Lee) journeys to the city to search for his missing son, only to find his people living in squalor and his son a criminal. Reverend Misimangu (Sidney Poitier) is a young South African clergyman who helps find his missing son-turned-thief and sister-turned-prostitute in the slums of Johannesburg. Written by
When I was growing up this movie was the paradigm of the social cause film, but I had never gotten to see it until American Movie Classics ran it recently. I was disappointed. The first third of the movie was hard to follow, and the movie in general seemed disjointed (not helped by awkward cutting). The dialogue was hard to understand at times. The story itself I did not find particularly gripping or emotionally involving, and as an indictment of apartheid in particular and racial tolerance in general it was not particularly hard-hitting. The acting was nothing to write home about, either. A big disappointment.
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