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A man in a gleaming white suit comes to a small Southern town on the eve of integration. His name is Adam Cramer. He calls himself a social reformer. But his aim is to incite the people against letting black children into the town's white school. Soon he has the white citizens of the town worked up. He thinks he's leading them; but a man he befriends and immediately betrays knows better. The people have become a mob. The black leader of a church and a white newspaper editor soon feel its wrath. But after a false accusation against a black student, Adam Cramer may find the people are totally and permanently out of his control. Written by
After the crew was thrown out of East Prairie, Missouri by the chief of police (for allegedly being "communists"), Roger Corman realized that he needed one more wide shot of the high school. He and an assistant went back into the town, and hurriedly filmed the shot. The chief must have gotten wind of his being there, as he was seen by Corman arriving in the distance. Corman and his assistant quickly threw the camera and equipment into their car, and sped away in the opposite direction, unscathed. See more »
At the beginning of Adam Cramer's speech in front of the town hall, he unbuttons his jacket twice. See more »
[to the little girl he helps out of the bus]
There you go... Ma'am.
Little Girl's Mother:
Thank you... What do you say to the nice gentleman?
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Words can not describe the emotions that this film elicits!
I wholeheartedly agree with pjmuck's review. The movie does deal with racism. The plot is delivered in a "far from contrived" manner. The movie is believable and makes (not meant to offend) the movie To Kill a Mockingbird's delivery as tame as a Disney short.
What you are not being told is the history behind this movie. It has been released and released under many names including it's original name "I Hate Your Guts" and then "Shame". The reason for this is because the movie is so realistic, it is taboo and is disturbing.
Please note: It's not gory disturbing, it's people disturbing; you can actually believe that a small community of individuals will react as this community does to the suggestions of an outsider, William Shatner.
And the performance from Shatner, my lord!, you will not believe it's William Shatner!
If you are a film buff, buy the DVD, don't even bother renting. The VHS went Out Of Print Quickly, I am not going to miss owning this on DVD. Great viewing!
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