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Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975)

 -  Drama | Sport  -  21 May 1975 (USA)
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Benjamin Blackwell
Rosalind Cash ...
Sarah Robinson
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Officer Larry Atkins
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Leona Hamilton
Jamaal Wilkes ...
Nathaniel 'Cornbread' Hamilton (as Keith Wilkes)
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Sgt. Danaher
Charles Lampkin ...
Fred Jenkins
Vince Martorano ...
Officer John Golich
Logan Ramsey ...
Deputy Coroner
Thalmus Rasulala ...
Charlie
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One-Eye
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Wilford Robinson (as Laurence Fishburne III)
Stack Pierce ...
Sam Hamilton
Tierre Turner ...
Earl Carter
Bill Henderson ...
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Nathaniel "Cornbread" Hamilton was the black urban dream and a hero to youngsters Wilford Robinson and Earl Carter. Shortly before he would have become the first man from his community to go to college, he demonstrates his scholarship-winning running ability to his friends and admirers in the neighborhood. At the same time, the police are on a manhunt for an armed rapist. They mistake Cornbread for the rapist and shoot him dead in the street. In the aftermath of the community's shattered dream, and in the face of an intimidating police cover-up, Wilford is determined not to betray the memory of his hero. Written by SamBlob

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Wilford Robinson: ...they killed Cornbread and he wasn't doin nothin
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Wilford Robinson: all he was doin wuz jus goin' home...
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The message and delivery are BOTH great
2 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was very disturbed by the negative review given by a man who actually lived during the times dramatize in "Cornbread, Earl and Me." I am a 26-year-old Black female watching this movie for the first time. I found that every issue addressed in this movie is transcendent, relevant even today.

It amazes me that we overlook the importance of a message simply because of the delivery. In all fairness to this movie, there is no blaxploitation present; the language, attire, scenery, etc., everything necessary for a realistic plot, is perfect for the setting and time frame of this movie. Regarding the comment about "ghetto language" there is a balance between the use of the formal and informal in the movie.

As an English teacher, and one who has a strong disdain for negative images of African-Americans, I can honestly say that this movie's depiction of African-American life was very well done. It was also poignant and ahead of its time. It is movie that, when the time comes, I will show to my children as a reference to how very little times have changed regarding the ease of wrongful deaths, slandering of names, harassment of witnesses because of racial advantages, or rather disadvantages.

The movie is GREAT;-)


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