Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a 13-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit. Based on the British romance novel by Ian McEwan.
A black soldier is killed while returning to his base in the deep south. The white people of the area are suspected at first. A tough black army attorney is brought in to find out the truth. We find out a bit more about the dead soldier in flashbacks - and that he was unpopular. Will the attorney find the killer ? Written by
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All the buildings in the picture were actual dwellings as the movie's limited budget did not allow for the construction of any sets. Some facilities used for filming were small and lacked space for cameras and equipment, and as such, lighting them was sometimes a problem, the rooms would heat up due to the lights, which had to be switched off at times, to allow the space to cool down. See more »
There are captain bars on Lt Byrd lapel and helmet when he encounters Sgt. Waters. See more »
The worst thing you can do, in this part of the country, is pay too much attention to the death of a negro under mysterious circumstances.
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There's much to recommend about this film. First it is refreshing to see a story about racism not done in the typical fashion where 'good' and 'bad' are so clearly delineated (ie. this a story about racism within the black community). Socially conscious director Jewison (In the Heat of the Night) also does a wonderful job (with the help of the scriptwriter of course) in authentically capturing the social climate of that bygone era. The acting is superb throughout. The only faces I recognized were Denzel's and David Allan Grier's but the unknowns (at least to me) were more than competent in their roles, especially Caesar's portrayal of the trouble Sgt. Waters. This film is not only fine cinema but it is also important history. Recommended, 8/10.
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