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The Learning Tree (1969)

M  -  Drama  -  13 March 1970 (Finland)
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The story, set in Kansas during the 1920s, covers less than a year in the life of a black teenager, and documents the veritable deluge of events which force him into sudden manhood. The ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle Johnson ...
Alex Clarke ...
Estelle Evans ...
Mira Waters ...
Joel Fluellen ...
Uncle Rob
Silas Newhall
Richard Ward ...
Booker Savage
Russell Thorson ...
Judge Cavanaugh
Peggy Rea ...
Miss McClintock
Carol Lamond ...
Big Mabel
Doc Tim Cravens
Jimmy Rushing ...
Chappie Logan (as James Rushing)
Felix Nelson ...
Jack Winger


The story, set in Kansas during the 1920s, covers less than a year in the life of a black teenager, and documents the veritable deluge of events which force him into sudden manhood. The family relationships and enmities, the fears, frustrations and ambitions of the black teenager in small-town America are explored with a strong statement about human values. Written by alfiehitchie

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The first major studio feature film directed by an African-American (Gordon Parks). See more »


Edited into Afro Promo (1997) See more »

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The Learning Tree was a good movie and book let;s remember, Gordon Parks was a black man trying to do his own thing at a time when it was hard for black directors
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I think Gordon Parks, did a very good job. I saw the Learning Tree as a child, read it as a child and was happy to see it again as an adult, I even gave my son the book. I applaud Gordon Parks for trying perhaps if he had help (not necessarily someone else total directing it could have flowed a little better). I would love to see this film remade, but who could do it, without deviating from the premise and who could capture the cinematography the way Mr. Parks did. Let me know and maybe we could petition Hollywood. There are a lot of talented black directors who probably could remake the movie but would they be interested???. Spike Lee maybe, John Singelton, the Hudlin brothers??? With the way movies (remakes that is) are being made nowadays, I would love to see a high quality remake. The movie would also need high quality actors. I am going to purchase the movie on DVD and watch it again. Well anyway, I respect your opinion and would like to some feedback on my opinion.

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