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Take a Giant Step (1959)

Approved | | Drama | 1 December 1959 (USA)
A black high school senior struggles with becoming a man, and living in a middle class white neighborhood in the late 1950s U.S. In protest of the paternalistic views of the Civil War ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Johnny Nash ...
Spencer 'Spence' Scott
Estelle Hemsley ...
Grandma 'Gram' Martin
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Christine
Frederick O'Neal ...
Lem 'Daddy' Scott
Ellen Holly ...
Carol
Paulene Myers ...
Violet (as Pauline Meyer)
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May Scott
Royce Wallace ...
Rose Thompson
Frances Foster ...
Poppy
Delmar Erickson ...
Bobby
Dee Pollock ...
Tony
Frank Killmond ...
Gussie
Joe Sonessa ...
Johnny
Sherman Raskin ...
Alan
Bill Walker ...
Frank, the Bartender (as William 'Bill' Walker)
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A black high school senior struggles with becoming a man, and living in a middle class white neighborhood in the late 1950s U.S. In protest of the paternalistic views of the Civil War emphasized in his history class, he storms out and gets caught smoking a cigar in the boys' room. Spence's crush on a white classmate goes nowhere because of her father's attitude toward blacks. His outspoken grandmother seems the only one who understands his angry growing pains, at the early stages of the U.S.'s Civil Rights Era. Written by David Stevens

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From Playground to hunting ground - in a bar! See more »

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1 December 1959 (USA)  »

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L'orma del gigante  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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The theme song is mentioned in the opening credits but was never heard anywhere in the movie itself. See more »

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Take a Giant Step
Written by Jay Livingston, Ray Evans
Sung by Johnny Nash
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Johnny Nash is good...
8 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree this was a similar story to "Rebel Without a Cause" in that as a disaffected and displaced teen, Nash is angry but doesn't know at what, specifically.

The scenes with the grandmother are nice, as when he pours her a glass of beer. Their relationship could have been more elaborated for the audience.

The scenes where he is in a bar, meets some call girls, and actually visits one in her apartment then borrowing $2.00 for bus fare. It is about his curiosity, boredom with middle class life. He lives in, at that time an all white neighborhood, and finds the lifestyle predictable and boring.

Look for Beah Richards, and Ruby Dee is excellent. Overall worth viewing, Original and refreshing presentation. 9/10.


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