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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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Obam
Juano Hernandez ...
Amugu
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Bruce Craig
Helen Horton ...
Barbara Craig
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Sandar Lai
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Govenor General
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Gregory
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Prosecutor
Clifton Macklin ...
Kanda
Ewen Solon ...
Inspector
Lockwood West ...
Magistrate
Francis Matthews ...
Overholt
Philip Vickers ...
Ben (as Phillip Vickers)
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Fred
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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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Film debut of Eartha Kitt. See more »

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This Man Is Mine
Composed by Ken Darby
Performed by Eartha Kitt
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So-So drama with heavy religious theme.
5 April 2004 | by (St. Cloud, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Notable for being Eartha Kitt's screen debut, this film is a political potboiler with heavy religious overtones. The setting is an unnamed country in pre-independence Africa, where Obam (Poitier) is a newly elected representative. Agitating for independence, he clashes with the colonial government, his firebrand younger brother Kanda (Clifton Macklin) and newly arrived missionary Mr. Craig (John McIntire).

Some of the speeches get tiresome and a ten minute flashback in the middle of the film slows the plot to a crawl, but the always watchable Poitier still manages to carry the film to it's improbable conclusion. Eartha is cast waaay against type as Obam's demure wife Renee, but then again we are treated to a rendition of her first gold record song ("This Man Is Mine") which is more than worth the wait.


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