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Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975)

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

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Benjamin Blackwell
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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
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Officer John Golich
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Deputy Coroner
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Charlie
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One-Eye
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Wilford Robinson (as Laurence Fishburne III)
Stack Pierce ...
Sam Hamilton
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Earl Carter
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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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Trivia

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

Quotes

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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Featured in Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered and Shafted (2004) See more »

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Wilford's Gone
Written by Donald Byrd
Performed by Donald Byrd with The Blackbyrds
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Early Comment on Racial Profiling
18 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

A kid witnesses the shooting death of the neighborhood basketball star. The basketball player had been mistaken by the police as a crime suspect. The kid is subjected to harrassment from the policement involved to keep quiet about what he knows. The cops even go so far as to intimidate his mother. This is an early film appearance of Lawrence Fishburne's. He was thirteen or fourteen when he did this movie. The always magnificent late Rosalind Cash plays his mother. The film makes a sharp comment about the conflicts people have with the very people who are supposed to be protecting them.


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