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[Harley has just been locked up in jail with Braddock]
Welcome to the Colusa County jail, Sambo.
Shut your mouth. You red neck, peckerwood.
Oh, now what's the matter? You don't like us kindly white folk?
You tell it like it is, honky!
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This film is hugely under rated and deserved a clutch of awards.
"Racial tensions threaten to explode when a black man is elected sheriff of a small, racially divided town in the Deep South".
The movie is set in a time when race almost defined a nation. And the picture captures the period brilliantly illustrating the culture, language and music of the era.
There are stand out performances from George Kennedy-surely one of his finest- as the former sheriff coming to terms with unemployment and racism. The town mayor played by Frederic March, who gives a charismatic amusing performance. But the best of all and the one who steal the show is Clifton James who is apparently hostile to the new sheriff but events have a way of changing minds. Where he excels is his ability to convey his thoughts silently, a skill few actors possess.
All the cast are convincing as is the ultimate theme and outcome of the story.
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