Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975)

PG  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  21 May 1975 (USA)
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A 12-year-old is traumatised by the murder of his friend, a star basketball player.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Benjamin Blackwell
Rosalind Cash ...
Sarah Robinson
Officer Larry Atkins
Leona Hamilton
Jamaal Wilkes ...
Nathaniel 'Cornbread' Hamilton (as Keith Wilkes)
Sgt. Danaher
Charles Lampkin ...
Fred Jenkins
Vince Martorano ...
Officer John Golich
Logan Ramsey ...
Deputy Coroner
Wilford Robinson (as Laurence Fishburne III)
Stack Pierce ...
Sam Hamilton
Tierre Turner ...
Earl Carter
Bill Henderson ...


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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21 May 1975 (USA)  »

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Hit the Open Man  »

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Earl had the title COOL in front of his name. We all in Philadelphia know these 3 names very well. See more »


Wilford Robinson: ...they killed Cornbread and he wasn't doin nothin
Wilford Robinson: all he was doin wuz jus goin' home...
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HORRIBLE, cheesy Movie!!!!
13 December 2005 | by (Maryland) – See all my reviews

I saw this film in the theater in 1975 when it came out. It bothered me a lot then, because I was a 10-year old, insecure black boy and I believed the things I saw on film. I was really sensitive to violent images on screen in those days (not that they mean nothing now, but I'm definitely more desensitized). Anyway, seeing an 18-year old black man shot and killed on screen really made me feel insecure about my own future.

Anyway, I just watched this movie again for the first time in 30 years. This movie sucks!!! All of the black characters are like "Ohh, Lawd... we in de ghetto, sho nuff!" All the white characters are horribly racist and every time they open their mouths, no matter what they say, it seems to come out as "nigger!" I'm sure some will say, "Well, that's the way it was in 1975 and these blaxploitation film paved an importance on the way to current progress. Well, whatever. This movie is so bad it's more of a joke than Saturday Night Live.

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