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The Mark of the Hawk (1957)

Approved | | Drama | December 1957 (UK)
The man called Obam struggles with the increasingly hostile forces facing each other in a colonial African country. The African natives want their land and lives back from the British ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Juano Hernandez ...
Bruce Craig
Helen Horton ...
Barbara Craig
Sandar Lai
Gerard Heinz ...
Govenor General
Patrick Allen ...
Clifton Macklin ...
Ewen Solon ...
Lockwood West ...
Francis Matthews ...
Philip Vickers ...
Ben (as Phillip Vickers)


The man called Obam struggles with the increasingly hostile forces facing each other in a colonial African country. The African natives want their land and lives back from the British colonists. Obam's motives are questioned by his own people, in particular his brother Kanda. With the help of his wife Renee and missionary Bruce Craig, will he be able to get things under control before the country self-destructs? Written by Greg Bruno <burlynerd@usa.net>

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The Mark of the Hawk was a rare early Poitier performance
18 September 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

After months of keeping this on my DVD disc having taped it from the Family Net channel, I finally watched this rare Sidney Poitier movie a few hours ago. Taking place in Africa, Mr. Poitier plays a man recently elected to the legislature that had been previously white dominated. His brother, a radical activist, thinks Obam (Sidney's role) has sold out since that legislature hasn't been very sympathetic to the black cause of freedom there. It takes some convincing from wife Eartha Kitt, preacher Juano Hernandez, and white outsider John McIntire to keep Obam from completely surrendering to the more violent ways of the Communist-inspired cause of his brother though some of the British whites have their own racist agenda to fulfill. McIntire himself tells how he dealt with the takeover of China and how his adopted Asian son was affected. Poitier, as usual, has great presence throughout and seeing him with the other influential black actor in film at the time, Hernandez, seems inspiring here. I'm not sure how effective this movie was though it certainly made me think about how religion often plays a role in various movements. And how nice was it to hear Ms. Kitt, in her first starring picture, sing one of her hits near the end. So on that note, The Mark of the Hawk is certainly worth seeing once if you're a Poitier fan or one interested in Africa during the late '50s. P.S. In citing anyone who came from my birth town of Chicago, the woman who played McIntire's wife, Helen Horton, came from there.

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