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Something of Value -- Peter McKenzie and native boy Kimani are raised as brothers in the British colony of Kenya. But cruelty and intolerance drive them apart.

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Director:
Writers:
Richard Brooks (screen play)
Robert C. Ruark (based on the book: "Something of Value" by)
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Release Date:
June 1957 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Even though Peter and Kimani grow up together, Kimani soon finds that different races are treated differently... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

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Rock Hudson ... Henry's Son - Peter

Dana Wynter ... Peter's Betrothed - Holly

Wendy Hiller ... Henry's Daughter - Elizabeth
Juano Hernandez ... Njogu - Oath Giver

William Marshall ... Leader - Intellectual in Suit

Robert Beatty ... Elizabeth's Husband - Jeff Newton
Walter Fitzgerald ... A White Settler - Henry McKenzie

Michael Pate ... A Farmer - Joe Matson

Ivan Dixon ... Lathela - Loyal Gun-Bearer
Ken Renard ... Karanja - Father of Kimani
Samadu Jackson ... Witch Doctor
Frederick O'Neal ... Adam Marenga - Mau-Mau Leader

Sidney Poitier ... Kimani Wa Karanja
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Akar ... Waithaka (uncredited)
John Alderson ... Policeman (uncredited)
Myrtle Anderson ... Mwange Wife (uncredited)
Robert Anderson ... Mr. Barker - the Client (uncredited)
Barry Bernard ... Superintendent (uncredited)
Wesley Bly ... Night Clerk (uncredited)
Naaman Brown ... Hand Clerk (uncredited)

Angela Cartwright ... Caroline (uncredited)
Carl Christian ... Cook (uncredited)

Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Leslie Denison ... Crown Consul (uncredited)
John Dodsworth ... Doctor (uncredited)
Barbara Foley ... Wanju - Wife of Kimani (uncredited)
Wilton Graff ... Captain Hillary (uncredited)
Kim Hamilton ... Kipi's Wife (uncredited)
Darby Jones ... Wine Steward (uncredited)
Ike Jones ... Askari (Policeman) (uncredited)
Charles Keane ... Ranger (uncredited)
Bruce Lester ... Physician - McKenzie Massacre (uncredited)
Jack Lynn ... Doctor (uncredited)
Anna Mabry ... Midwife (uncredited)
Lester Matthews ... Game Warden (uncredited)

Juanita Moore ... Tribal Woman (uncredited)
Tommie Moore ... Tribal Woman (uncredited)
Barbara Morrison ... Nurse (uncredited)
Paulene Myers ... Kikuyu Woman (uncredited)
Ottola Nesmith ... Nurse - Nairobi Hospital (uncredited)
Duncan Richardson ... Jeff Newton Jr. (uncredited)
Morgan Roberts ... Chief Hinga (uncredited)
Garry Stafford ... Little Henry (uncredited)
Madame Sul-Te-Wan ... Midwife (uncredited)
Paul Thompson ... Kipi (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Brooks 
 
Writing credits
Richard Brooks (screen play)

Robert C. Ruark (based on the book: "Something of Value" by)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Cinematography by
Russell Harlan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Edward C. Carfagno  (as Edward Carfagno)
William A. Horning 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton (set decorations) (as Robert Benton)
Henry Grace (set decorations)
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
 
Production Management
Al Shenberg .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joel Freeman .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen Rose .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Jeff Alexander .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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Also Known As:
"Africa Ablaze" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
113 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Perspecta Sound) (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #18349) | West Germany:16
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Some shots were filmed in the Nairobi National Park. The film crew were met at the game park entrance and were told they could not bring in their own trees, hay and lucerne. The park warden said that thorn trees were a permanent feature and that the crew could get close enough to the animals to film them without having to feed them first.See more »
Quotes:
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. We say, "Look how clean and rich and clever we are." For the Africans... different wages, different life. We mock their wise men. Take away the authority from their fathers. What are the children going to do? They'll lose respect for their elders and fathers... and when they do, look out. maybe they'll lose respect for our white Jesus too. Turn to something else for help... It won't be to us.
Crown Consul:You understand , don't you Peter? If we don't make the African respect the Law... well, the next thing you know, he'll be wanting to rule this country.
Henry's Son - Peter:Imagine that, now.
[sarcastically says]
[...]
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8 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Yes it is..., 14 October 2004
Author: dbdumonteil

This movie is really something of value.Rock HUdson's character says "we steal their earth and their religion,we 've got to give them something of value instead".Actually,Richard Brookes applied to Africa what he 'd done two years back with "the last hunt" where the white men killed the buffalos and starved the Indians.They even despised their belief by killing even the White animal.

Preceded by "Simba" an English movie starring Dirk Bogarde the screenplay of which

shows a lot of similarities with "something of value' Brooks 's work seems nevertheless superior ,because it has very strong scenes:Poitier,smashing the mirror with disgust after the killing,the informer killed on the barbed wire by the other prisoners;the old man ,afraid of thunder.This last scene may seem naive ,nay insulting for the natives ,but it was fifty years ago.People who criticize the movie should think about it:in 1957,it was a courageous movie,as "the last hunt" was.

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