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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
Julius Harris ...
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
Mel Stewart ...
Riddick (as Melvin Stewart)
Marshal Tompkin ...
Revivalist (as Rev. Marshal Tompkin)
Alfred Puryear ...
Barney
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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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19 September 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nichts als ein Mensch  »

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Budget:

$160,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$12,438 (USA) (23 August 2013)
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A Groundbreaking Film
8 October 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I've seen this movie twice and it touches me in a way that compels me to see it again and again. This film touches so many elements of poor southern existence that it feels more current than films made today. Though forty-one years later, with elements of the situational context dated, the film is eerily current. For example, with cotton-picking, day-working and railways section gangs replaced by newer working-class occupations, there remains a race-based hierarchy to life. NBAM brings to mind scenes from Crash minus the shock required for contemporary senses. I can only imagine what it was like to see this film when it was in the theater. As with so many genre-shifting and defing movies, watch it and the DVD extras section.


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