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In a small Georgia town, twelve year old tomboy Frankie Addams feels unconnected to the world, a fact troubling to her. Her unconventional views for a twelve year old girl make her an outcast among her peers, which she in turn blames for her situation rather than anything of her own doing. Her only real friend is John Henry, her younger next door neighbor, although she doesn't see him as a friend since she doesn't consider him a peer. As her widowed father is all consumed with running his small business, Frankie is largely left to the care of their housekeeper, Berenice. Berenice tries to provide as much true guidance to Frankie and what Frankie considers her problems, although Berenice has her own troubles looking after her wild foster brother, Honey Camden, her only surviving family. In addition, Frankie largely sees Berenice's advice as the rantings of a large, crazy black woman. Frankie believes that she has finally found her place in life upon the return to town and announcement ... Written by
Frances 'Frankie' Addams:
[running the girls' club off after they elected a new girl instead of her as a member]
What're you doing in my yard? You're never to set foot on my papa's property again. You crooks! I could shoot you with my papa's pistol!
Frances 'Frankie' Addams:
WHY DIDN'T YOU ELECT ME?
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Carson McCullers was one of the best writers the South has ever produced. The clarity and sensitivity of her prose is captured beautifully in this all-but-a-play film.
Ethel Waters, Brandon deWilde and Julie Harris repeat their triumphal Broadway performances.
As a Southern native, it is my informed opinion that Ms McCullers captures the complex and often misunderstood relationships of poor white folks and their even poorer black neighbors in the small town South before the advent of the American civil rights movement. United in poverty, religion and ignorance; they are divided by the institutions of racism and class.
The loneliness of childhood, the love that Bernice has for her young white charges together are explore in the backdrop of the rural South that Faulkner described as half myth and half mysticism.
Ethel Waters reveals her impressive dramatic skills near the end of a long career , Julie Harris displays a mastery of her craft at the beginning of her distinguished career, and Brandon deWilde steals every scene in which he appears.
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