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Nothing But a Man (1964)

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A proud black man and his school-teacher wife face discriminatory challenges in 1960s America.



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


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 (

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Release Date:

19 September 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nichts als ein Mensch  »

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$160,000 (estimated)

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$12,438 (USA) (23 August 2013)

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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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