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Nothing But a Man (1964)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 19 September 1964 (USA)
A proud black man and his school-teacher wife face discriminatory challenges in 1960s America.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Duff Anderson
Abbey Lincoln ...
Josie
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Will Anderson
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Lee
Martin Priest ...
Mill Worker
Leonard Parker ...
Frankie
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Jocko
Stanley Greene ...
Rev. Dawson
Helen Lounck ...
Effie Simms
Helene Arrindell ...
Doris
Walter Wilson ...
Car Owner
Milton Williams ...
Pop
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Riddick (as Melvin Stewart)
Marshal Tompkin ...
Revivalist (as Rev. Marshal Tompkin)
Alfred Puryear ...
Barney
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Storyline

Born in Birmingham, Duff Anderson, the father of a male toddler, who lives with a nanny, re-locates to a small town to work on the railroad. He meets with and is attracted to Josie much to the chagrin of her preacher father. The marriage does take place nevertheless, both re-locate to live in their own house and he gets a job in a mill. He decides not to bring his son to live with them. Challenges arise when the Mill Foreman finds out that Duff is attempting to unionize the workers, forcing Duff to quit, and look for work elsewhere. Unable to reconcile himself to working on a daily wage of $2.50 picking cotton nor even as a waiter, he gets a job at a garage. He is enraged at a customer for belittling him and Josie, and is let go. Unemployed, unable to support his wife and son, he gets abusive and leaves - perhaps never to return. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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19 September 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nichts als ein Mensch  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$160,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,466 (USA) (9 November 2012)

Gross:

$12,438 (USA) (23 August 2013)
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This film's soundtrack LP was the first soundtrack album released by Motown Records. See more »

Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.21 (2011) See more »

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You Beat Me To The Punch
Written by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White
Performed by Mary Wells
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SENSITIVE PORTRAYAL OF FLAWED HERO
19 December 1998 | by (Pasadena, California, United States) – See all my reviews

Unlike other well-intentioned films of the period, NOTHING BUT A MAN presents the main character as neither saint nor scoundrel, but as a complex man with human contradictions. Ivan Dixon gives one of the best performances of his career as the lead character of Duff. A film of rare quality and subtlety.


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