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The Learning Tree (1969)

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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Kyle Johnson ...
Newt
Alex Clarke ...
Marcus
Estelle Evans ...
Sarah
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Kirky
Mira Waters ...
Arcella
Joel Fluellen ...
Uncle Rob
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Silas Newhall
Richard Ward ...
Booker Savage
Russell Thorson ...
Judge Cavanaugh
Peggy Rea ...
Miss McClintock
Carol Lamond ...
Big Mabel
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Doc Tim Cravens
Jimmy Rushing ...
Chappie Logan (as James Rushing)
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Spikey
Felix Nelson ...
Jack Winger
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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 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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It's the place where you come to learn what life is all about.

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13 March 1970 (Finland)  »

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Com o Terror na Alma  »

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

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Referenced in Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001) See more »

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The Learning Tree
Words and Music by Gordon Parks
Sung by O.C. Smith
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very good
18 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

This was one of the films that really sucked me in and gave me a look at what life was like growing up black in the early part of the century. The setting for the film was splendid.


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