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Sounder (1972)

G  |   |  Drama, Family  |  10 May 1973 (France)
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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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Josie Mae Morgan
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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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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 »

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For a 1971 Release...WAY AHEAD of Its Time!
19 October 2013 | by (Pasto, Colombia) – See all my reviews

........................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA...and ORLANDO, FL

In retrospect, looking back at SOUNDER, there is a lot going on, both on a public, and for me, on a private level in relation to this film. It had a theatrical release in NOV.1971. I didn't get around to seeing it until Februrary '72. Movies that I saw in early 1972, I don't seem to recollect very well. SOUNDER was in that group. Saw it for the second time just hours ago. Really sorry I waited so long!

Here is something a lot of you can relate to: For a film that was shown in theaters in late '71 and early '72, SOUNDER was QUITE unique. It was WAY ahead of its time. Compare SOUNDER's somber tone and subject matter, its very deliberate pacing and mood to other films with a predominately Afro-American cast from that time frame. Notice any difference? No BLACKSploitation here! SOUNDER is completely character-driven, this is probably why a lot of people seem to define it as "Slow". Sadly lacking on my DVD of SOUNDER were any special features. Just the movie and the trailer...That's it! I really yearned for background info!

Set in rural Louisiana in 1933, perhaps the worst year of the depression, Paul Winfield and Cicely Tyson both shone in career-defining roles. Winfield, as the father, short on education but long on character, strength and spirit, who is sent off to an undisclosed prison for a year for his first offense...Stealing a ham to feed his starving family; Tyson, as the dutiful, solid-as-a-rock, stand-by-her-man wife and mother. My hat is off to Ms. Tyson. Despite being considered something of a sex symbol at the time, she accepted a role which required a very scruffy and unflattering, no make-up look! And what a fine job she does! 10*.....ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!

Any comments, questions or observations, in English o en Español, are most welcome!

KissEnglishPasto@Yahoo.com


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