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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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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
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Booker Savage
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Judge Cavanaugh
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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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A film by Gordon Parks based on his novel See more »

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13 March 1970 (Finland)  »

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

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Edited into Afro Promo (1997) 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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