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Seven Angry Men (1955)

Not Rated | | Biography, History, Western | 27 March 1955 (USA)
Rise, fall and execution of John Brown, fanatic abolitionist.

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John Brown
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Elizabeth Clark
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Owen Brown
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Oliver Brown
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Martin White
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Frederick Brown
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Jason Brown
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John Brown Jr.
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Salmon Brown
Tom Irish ...
Watson Brown
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Henry Thompson
James Edwards ...
Ned Green
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George Wilson
Smoki Whitfield ...
Newby
Jack Lomas ...
Doyle
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Fictionalized account of abolitionist John Brown and his six sons who fought to ensure Kansas would enter the Union as a slave-free state. Firmly believing that he was doing God's work, Brown was prepared to use force and violence to achieve his goals. His principal adversary is Martin White who organizes the raid on the town of Lawrence, burning it to the ground. Brown becomes judge, jury and executioner killing five of the raiders. Several of his sons disagree with him and leave. After completing his work in Kansas, Brown continues his quest to end slavery. His fervent belief that violence was the only way to achieve his goal led to his demise, convicted of treason and hanged after the raid on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry. Written by garykmcd

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Brown's life in Kansas and the Harpers Ferry raid have gotten the Hollywood treatment. The two men killed in Kansas were killed in a night attack and hacked to death by sword See more »

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I saw some electric poles in one of the beginning scenes. I don't believe that those type poles were present before the Civil war. See more »

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This one was a real surprise....
23 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

In 1940, Raymond Massey played John Brown in "Santa Fe Trail". In this very florid and cartoonish portrayal, Massey played Brown with a gusto that is interesting to watch but probably not at all realistic with his rolling eyes and insane antics. Now, a decade and a half later, Massey gets another chance to play Brown--and this time, the portrait is MUCH more even-handed and realistic. You can probably guess which of the two films I preferred!

The film begins in Kansas and Brown seems like a decent and reasonable guy. Sure, he's gung ho about abolishing slavery, but he's no hot-head. However, after pro-slavery vigilantes attack him and his family, Brown is radicalized. Now, he's at war with the slavers--and kills several in cold blood. In other words, you see Brown's progression which ultimately led to his ill-conceived attack on the US armory at Harper's Ferry.

Throughout the film, the Brown saga is often shown from the standpoint of one of Brown's sons (played by Jeffery Hunter). It's not a bad plot device and also helps because it provides a counter-point to Brown's eventual antics. Not a brilliant film but a film far, far better and more fair than the sort of ultra-pro Confederacy films that prevailed from the time of "Birth of a Nation" through the 1950s. Relatively fair, realistic and ahead of its time--and a MUCH better performance by Massey as a man, not just some silly lunatic.


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