8.1/10
970
26 user 24 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

, (as Robert Young)

On Disc

at Amazon

4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Demons (1971)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

After being robbed by a geisha, a ronin warrior carves a bloody path to seek revenge.

Director: Toshio Matsumoto
Stars: Katsuo Nakamura, Juro Kara, Yasuko Sanjo
Mr. Thank You (1936)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Mr. Thank You is the kindly young driver of a local bus traveling from poverty stricken coastal villages, over the mountains, to the town. He thanks everybody when they let his bus pass on ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Shimizu
Stars: Ken Uehara, Ryuji Ishiyama, Einosuke Naka
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Marie wants to escape from her job and also from her lover, Paul, an unemployed drunk. She dreams of going off with Jean, a dockworker. The two men quarrel and fight over Marie on two ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Epstein
Stars: Léon Mathot, Gina Manès, Edmond Van Daële
Bicycleran (1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The wife of Nasim, an Afghan immigrant in Iran, is gravely ill. He needs money to pay for her care, but his day labor digging wells does not pay enough. A friend connects Nasim to a two-bit... See full summary »

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Stars: Mahshid Afsharzadeh, Firouz Kiani, Samira Makhmalbaf
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Diamonds in the night is the tense, brutal story of two Jewish boys who escape from a train transporting them from one concentration camp to another. Ultimately, they are hunted down by a ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Nemec
Stars: Ladislav Jánsky, Antonín Kumbera, Ilse Bischofova
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Senate investigation into the President's newly nominated Secretary of State, gives light to a secret from the past, which may not only ruin the candidate, but the President's character as well.

Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: Franchot Tone, Lew Ayres, Henry Fonda
Edit

Cast

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

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)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

father | 1960s | worker | town | railroad | See All (78) »

Taglines:

Nothing But a Man has the violence, passion, tenderness of a Negro man and a girl in a smoldering southern town!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 September 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kun et menneske  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$160,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$12,438 (USA) (23 August 2013)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film's soundtrack LP was the first soundtrack album released by Motown Records. See more »


Soundtracks

You've Really Got A Hold On Me
Written by Smokey Robinson
Performed by The Miracles
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A classic, must-see independent
17 January 2006 | by (Bloomington, IN) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent film, and I'm surprised it's not received more plaudits here. An exceptional movie, especially given the period in which it was made, about a young black man trying to "do the right thing" and make a life for himself in the South. Beautifully acted by everyone involved, Nothing But a Man lets you live the struggles that black men live(d) every day. The struggle to find a job, keep a job, be a man, raise a family, all while under the white shadow of racial bigotry. This is not a particularly uplifting film...you never get sense that everything will work out in the end, but because of this, the movie is all the more realistic. This is a CLASSIC, a true sleeper, that should be seen by everyone. The DVD version includes interviews with the cast and film makers 40 years later. In her interview, Abbey Lincoln seems to come undone while reflecting on the movie, the Struggle, and how little real progress has been made.


11 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?