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Cornbread, Earl and Me -- A 12-year-old is traumatised by the murder of his friend, a star basketball player.


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Moses Gunn ... Benjamin Blackwell

Rosalind Cash ... Sarah Robinson

Bernie Casey ... Officer Larry Atkins

Madge Sinclair ... Leona Hamilton
Jamaal Wilkes ... Nathaniel 'Cornbread' Hamilton (as Keith Wilkes)

Stefan Gierasch ... Sgt. Danaher
Charles Lampkin ... Fred Jenkins
Vince Martorano ... Officer John Golich
Logan Ramsey ... Deputy Coroner

Thalmus Rasulala ... Charlie

Antonio Fargas ... One-Eye

Laurence Fishburne ... Wilford Robinson (as Laurence Fishburne III)
Stack Pierce ... Sam Hamilton
Tierre Turner ... Earl Carter
Bill Henderson ... Watkins
Randy Martin ... Shifty
Don Newsome ... Jack
Erik Kilpatrick ... Ace
Sarina C. Grant ... Mrs. Parsons
John Zaccaro ... Det. Simmons
Don McGovern ... Det. Kelly
Hal Baylor ... Mr. Wilson
Pamela Jones ... Diane
J. Jay Saunders ... Mr. Johnson
Al Stevenson ... Mr. Carter
William Upton ... Stud
Beverly Hope Atkinson ... Edna
Tom Maier ... Morgue Man
Hank Rolike ... Man
Sandy Ward ... Store Manager
David Moody ... Al
Fred Slyter ... Bailiff
Bobby Webb ... Himself
Mike McCants ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eugene Davis Jr. ... Courtroom observer (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph Manduke 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ronald Fair  novel "Hog Butcher"
Leonard Lamensdorf 

Produced by
Martin Fink .... associate producer
Leonard Lamensdorf .... executive producer
Joseph Manduke .... producer
Original Music by
Donald Byrd 
Cinematography by
Jules Brenner 
Film Editing by
Aaron Stell 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Production Design by
David M. Haber 
Set Decoration by
Robert Gould 
Costume Design by
Ann McCarthy 
Makeup Department
Jack Petty .... makeup artist
Production Management
Marty Hornstein .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anthony Brand .... assistant director
Art Department
C. Randall Berkeley .... property master (as Ted Berkeley)
Sound Department
C. Darin Knight .... sound mixer
Jules Strasser .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Gene Grigg .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Larry Butler .... first assistant camera
Chuck Morgan .... key grip
Andy Nelhams .... dolly grip
Doug Pentek .... gaffer (as Douglas Pentak)
Robert Schunke .... best boy grip
Byron White .... best boy electric
Joseph M. Wilcots .... camera operator
Casting Department
Eddie Smith .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Harold Crawford .... costumer
Music Department
The Blackbyrds .... music performed by
Mitch Farber .... music assistant
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Buster Kohloff .... transportation captain
Other crew
Dan Alexander .... script supervisor
Homer Sharavsky .... craft service
David Sheldon .... production executive
Barbara Soucek .... executive assistant
Ron Windred .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Hit the Open Man" - , USA (working title)
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95 min
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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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Artistic graffitti that at any direction one would stand and see signature's spray painted and/or permanent markered on any surface from the seat of any, ANY public transportation to the extreme top of a water tower in 1960's & 70's in what U.S. city?
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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Early Comment on Racial Profiling, 18 December 2000
Author: hillari from Chicago, USA

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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