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Release Date:
13 March 1970 (Finland) See more »
It's the place where you come to learn what life is all about.
The story, set in Kansas during the 1920s, covers less than a year in the life of a black teenager,... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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 See more (8 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Kyle Johnson ... Newt
Alex Clarke ... Marcus
Estelle Evans ... Sarah

Dana Elcar ... Kirky
Mira Waters ... Arcella
Joel Fluellen ... Uncle Rob

Malcolm Atterbury ... Silas Newhall
Richard Ward ... Booker Savage
Russell Thorson ... Judge Cavanaugh
Peggy Rea ... Miss McClintock
Carol Lamond ... Big Mabel

Kevin Hagen ... Doc Tim Cravens
Jimmy Rushing ... Chappie Logan (as James Rushing)

Dub Taylor ... Spikey
Felix Nelson ... Jack Winger
George Mitchell ... Jake Kiner
S. Pearl Sharp ... Prissy (as Saundra Sharp)
Steven Perry ... Jappy (as Stephen Perry)

Don Dubbins ... Harley Davis, Defense Attorney
Jon Lormer ... McCormack
Morgan Sterne ... Mr. Hall
Thomas Anderson ... Pastor Broadnap
Phillip Roye ... Pete Winger

Hope Summers ... Mrs. Kiner
Carter Vinnegar ... Seansy
Bobby Goss ... Skunk
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zooey Hall ... Chauncey Cavanaugh (uncredited)
Alfred Jones ... Cap'n Tuck (uncredited)
Tony Teebo ... Farm Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordon Parks 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gordon Parks  novel
Gordon Parks  screenplay

Produced by
Jimmy Lydon .... associate producer
Gordon Parks .... producer
Original Music by
Gordon Parks 
Cinematography by
Burnett Guffey 
Film Editing by
George R. Rohrs 
Production Design by
Edward D. Engoron 
Set Decoration by
Joanne MacDougall 
Makeup Department
George Bau .... makeup artist
Elizabeth Searcy .... hair stylist (unconfirmed)
Production Management
Russell Llewellyn .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Aldworth .... first assistant director
Fred Giles .... second assistant director
Art Department
Fred Collins .... construction coordinator
Ray Mercer Jr. .... props
Lou Sluskin .... props
John Solie .... sketch artist
Frank L. Brown .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jules Bouyere .... cable
Joel Cox .... sound assistant
George Hause .... sound recordist
Robert J. Miller .... mixer
Eugene O'Brien .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Cady .... best boy
Alfred Cline .... camera operator
Owen Crompton .... grip
Gibby Germaine .... electric gaffer
Eugene Lenoir .... camera assistant
Jack Morrow .... camera assistant
Joseph M. Wilcots .... camera assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rose Brandi .... costumer
Wayne Reed .... costumer
Ermon Sessions .... costumer
Janet Strong .... costumer
Editorial Department
Ralph H. Martin .... assistant editor
Music Department
Sonny Burke .... music supervisor
Tom McIntosh .... conductor
Tom McIntosh .... orchestrator
Dan Wallin .... score mixer

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Additional Details

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107 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-12 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA | USA:PG | USA:M (original rating)
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Did You Know?

The first major studio feature film directed by an African-American (Gordon Parks).See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Afro Promo (1997)See more »
My Baby's GoneSee more »


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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
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, 19 March 2006
Author: Karen Elaine Davis ( from United States

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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