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Something of Value (1957)

 -  Drama | War  -  June 1957 (USA)
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Even though Peter and Kimani grow up together, Kimani soon finds that different races are treated differently. After the father of Kimani is jailed for following tribal customs, Kimani ... See full summary »

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Henry's Son - Peter
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Henry's Daughter - Elizabeth
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Njogu - Oath Giver
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Leader - Intellectual in Suit
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Elizabeth's Husband - Jeff Newton
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A White Settler - Henry McKenzie
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A Farmer - Joe Matson
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Lathela - Loyal Gun-Bearer
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Karanja - Father of Kimani
Samadu Jackson ...
Witch Doctor
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Adam Marenga - Mau-Mau Leader
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Kimani Wa Karanja
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Even though Peter and Kimani grow up together, Kimani soon finds that different races are treated differently. After the father of Kimani is jailed for following tribal customs, Kimani joins a band of rebels that wants all non-Kenyans out of their country. While Kimani believes in the cause, he does not agree with the indiscriminate killing of women, children and those who will not join or agree with them. Peter, even after the deaths of his little sister and brother by the Mau Mau, still believes that there is a chance for peaceful co-existence. He believes that he can stop most of the killing if he can only reason with Kimani. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Africa Ablaze  »

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The storming of the Naivasha Police Station by the Mau Mau was an actual event used by Robert C. Ruark in his book, on which the film was based. The incident was needed for the film but, rather than travel the 50 miles to Naivasha for the original building, a mock-up of the police station was made in the industrial area of Nairobi. Before the actual filming started chickens were thrown into the road outside the mock-up to give some authenticity. See more »

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Kimani Wa Karanja: I told you. He will not help you.
Karanja - Father of Kimani: Our Mathanjuki will purify you. he will drive the curse from your body... and I will be free.
Kimani Wa Karanja: No!
Karanja - Father of Kimani: You do not believe in god?
Kimani Wa Karanja: Yes, yes! But I do not believe in our witchcraft and black magic.
Karanja - Father of Kimani: When Bwana Jeff struck you...
Kimani Wa Karanja: He struck a black man to prove that the white man is master, nothing else! You are not in jail because of a curse... but only because we are judged by their laws! And that is the truth. And I must follow where then truth leads me.
Karanja - Father of Kimani: And where ...
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Gripping
26 January 2008 | by (Omaha, NE. - United States) – See all my reviews

I found this film riveting. Hudson was in his prime at this point and Poitier giving his usual brilliant best. The sub players are the best performances however. Wendy Hiller is wonderful, as usual. Such a lady. Ken Renard and Juano Hernandez are nothing less then striking. Robert Beatty is absolutely hateful. He actually makes you root for the uprising. There are some violent moments in this film, even for 1957. My only complaint is why shoot it in black and white. ALL movies taking place in Africa should be in color. Its just too beautiful for black and white. (Unless it takes place in the desert.) Richard Brooks' almost documentary style of direction has been lauded many times elsewhere and needs no more praise from me. I cant understand "edwagreen's" almost racist comments on this film. He obviously didn't see the picture I did. "The man's" wife is NOT killed and the Mau Mau do NOT march at all. (They do, however sing/chant some song).


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