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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 (book)
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Release Date:
June 1957 (USA) See more »
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Filmed Under Military Protection by M-G-M in Africa's Mau-Mau Country! See more »
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 »
NewsDesk:
(6 articles)
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 (From Alt Film Guide. 6 December 2013, 7:11 PM, PST)

Dana Wynter obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 10 May 2011, 4:05 PM, PDT)

R.I.P. Dana Wynter
 (From ScifiMafia. 9 May 2011, 2:00 AM, PDT)

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Gripping See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 (book "Something of Value")

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 | UK:X | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #18349) | West Germany:16
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Trivia:
There is a scene in the film where Dana Wynter drives a Landrover. This was filmed in Kenya and Wynter couldn't drive the Landrover. A British Citizen who beared an uncanny resembleness to Wynter, who was living and working near to the filming location stood in for this driving scene. Her name is Eileen Cussans now 84 and now lives W Sussex, UKSee 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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Featured in Rock Hudson's Home Movies (1992)See more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Gripping, 26 January 2008
Author: film-collector from Omaha, NE. - United States

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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