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Slaves (1969)

Not Rated | | Drama | 25 May 1972 (Hungary)
A Kentucky slave fights for his freedom from cruel overseer whose mistress eventually joins Davis and the other slaves in their revolt.
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MacKay
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Cassy
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Luke
Marilyn Clark ...
Mrs. Bennett
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New Orleans lady
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Mr. Stillwell
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Mrs. Stillwell
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Holland
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Julie
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Esther
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Emmeline
Slim Landrum
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A Kentucky slave fights for his freedom from cruel overseer whose mistress eventually joins Davis and the other slaves in their revolt.

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See! Feel! Taste! The Bloody Whip of Truth! See more »

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25 May 1972 (Hungary)  »

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This was Nancy Coleman's final film before her death on January 18, 2000 at the age of 87. See more »

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MacKay: [in a room filled with African artifacts, he is addressing owners and attendant servants] We'd better all understand this darkie we own, gentlemen. He's the only self-reproducing machine in the world. Gotta know how to run it. I first met him in Africa, as a young man, when I ran a ship in the illegal slave-running trade, before I settled down here in the very legal, slave-driving, cotton trade.
MacKay: [to the servants] Boys, attend to the gentlemen.
MacKay: [he continues] I packed blacks into my ship until you ...
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Music by Bobby Scott
Lyrics by Alida Sherman
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"Life only got one meaning for me now...freedom!"
25 April 2015 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Ossie Davis is a tower of strength as a Kentucky slave in 1850, promised his freedom by his well-meaning white master but, instead, sold off to an auctioneer. He is eventually 'purchased' by an extremely moody Mississippi cotton plantation owner who has relocated from the north--and who keeps a black "wench" in his bed. Director and co-screenwriter Herbert J. Biberman apparently had sincere intentions here, but his film--cheaply produced and cheaply presented--comes off as sensationalistic (the title "Slaves" may as well be followed with an exclamation point). Pop singer Dionne Warwick (in her acting debut) has dramatic eyes and a curious smudge of a mouth, but her role as Stephen Boyd's mistress doesn't make much sense, and her introductory scenes--drunk and painting up her face--are confusing and off-putting. One sequence, a grueling day for the slaves picking cotton in the sun, and later weighing their results in the rain, is atmospheric and hard-hitting; but only when Davis is on-screen does Biberman get anything heartfelt going. The rest of "Slaves" is crude, and processed for shock value. *1/2 from ****


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