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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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Peter's Betrothed - Holly
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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
Walter Fitzgerald ...
A White Settler - Henry McKenzie
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A Farmer - Joe Matson
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Lathela - Loyal Gun-Bearer
Ken Renard ...
Karanja - Father of Kimani
Samadu Jackson ...
Witch Doctor
Frederick O'Neal ...
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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Although shooting animals and getting out of the vehicle were forbidden in the Nairobi National Park, Rock Hudson was allowed out of the Land Rover to aim his gun at a zebra. The actual shooting of a zebra was filmed by the second unit in the Nanyuki area about 100 miles away. See more »

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A White Settler - Henry McKenzie: What in the name of Almighty God are we trying to do to these people?
Crown Consul: Preserve the law, Henry, that's all.
A White Settler - Henry McKenzie: Law? Whose law? Not theirs, surely.
Crown Consul: All men are equal before the law.
A White Settler - Henry McKenzie: Except some are more equal than others.
Crown Consul: That man is an accomplice to murder. H's admitted that.
A White Settler - Henry McKenzie: But can we make him understand it? We take away their customs, their habits, their religion. We stop their tribal dances, we stop them circumcising their women. Then we offer them our way of life, something they can't grasp. ...
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In the film's prologue, Winston Churchill says: "The problems of East Africa are the problems of the world." See more »

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Well-meaning film just misses mark
9 January 2001 | by (Houston, TX) – See all my reviews

Sidney Poitier is excellent in this study of Kenya's fight for independence and backlash against their former oppressors. William Marshall, Michael Pate and Wendy Hiller are superb in poignant supporting performances. But, Rock Hudson is terribly miscast, and his character too good, even beyond sainthood. And the focus on his character ultimately throws the movie off-balance. Still worth watching though, but it's a bit of a shame since the elements of greatness are all here, but the result is thought-provoking but unsatisfying. 7/10.


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