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 »
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
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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