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Sounder (1972)

The oldest son of a loving and strong family of black sharecroppers comes of age in the Depression-era South after his father is imprisoned for stealing food.

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Mrs. Boatwright
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Ike
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Sheriff Young
Eric Hooks ...
Earl Morgan
Yvonne Jarrell ...
Josie Mae Morgan
Sylvia Kuumba Williams ...
Harriet (as Sylvia 'Kuumba' Williams)
Teddy Airhart ...
Mr. Perkins (as Ted Airhart)
Richard Durham ...
Perkins' Foreman
Wendell Brumfield ...
Deputy #1
Al Bankston ...
Deputy #2
Myrl Sharkey ...
Teacher (as Merle Sharkey)
Inez Durham ...
Court Clerk
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The Morgans, a loving and strong family of Black sharecroppers in Louisiana in 1933, face a serious family crisis when the husband and father, Nathan Lee Morgan, is convicted of a petty crime and sent to a prison camp. After some weeks or months, the wife and mother, Rebecca Morgan, sends the oldest son, who is about 11 years old, to visit his father at the camp. The journey becomes something of an odyssey for the boy. During the journey, he stays a little while with a dedicated Black schoolteacher. Written by Ed Cannon <ecannon@mail.utexas.edu>

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Drama | Family

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10 May 1973 (France)  »

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Csibész  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Award winning composer Alex North did a score for the film which was not used. On July 8, 2014, Intrada Records released the score on (but did not include the replacement score). See more »

Goofs

After Earl and Josie go to bed, after the reunion dinner, the position of Nathan's hand and cup changes. See more »

Quotes

Camille: [quoting from W.E.B. Du Bois' "Of the Training of Black Men"] Herein the longing of black men must have respect: the rich and bitter depth of their experience, the unknown treasures of their inner life, the strange rendings of nature they have seen, may give the world new points of view and make their loving, living, and doing precious to all human hearts. And to themselves in these the days that try their souls the chance to soar in the dim blue air above the smoke is to their finer spirits ...
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Mike Myers/Aerosmith (1997) See more »

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Needed Time
Written by Taj Mahal
Sung by Lightnin Hopkins
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sounder the movie is an all time great , top ten any list
30 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this is a wonderful movie that portrays the racial divide in the south with honest and poignant scenes. the minorities in the movie are treated as second class citizens but the movies message is heartfelt. Young Kevin Hooks is well cast (he is now a director and also was a cast member on "the white shadow") and Paul Windfield and Cicely Tyson have such on screen chemistry it is rapture. a must see film that if it does not touch your heart you do not have one. absolutely a film white racist(young) should see to maybe change their mind about black folk and minorities in general . Sounder is the "old yeller" of its time and deserves a DVD release .


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