MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 25,619 this week

A Gathering of Old Men (1987)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  10 May 1987 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 501 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 2 critic

A regular day in a Louisiana sugarcane plantation changes course when a local white farmer is shot in self defense. A group of old, black men takes a courageous step by coming forward en ... See full summary »

Director:

(as Volker Schlondorff)

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 72 titles
created 14 Apr 2011
 
a list of 3958 titles
created 02 Jan 2012
 
a list of 111 titles
created 09 Aug 2013
 
list image
a list of 171 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 32 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Gathering of Old Men (TV Movie 1987)

A Gathering of Old Men (TV Movie 1987) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Gathering of Old Men.
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

A Free Woman (1972)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A divorced woman in her thirties fights a losing battle in Munich to attain belated self-fulfillment. The die is cast in a briskly impersonal society geared to male dominance and early training for career women.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Maria Brunner, Wolfgang Bächler, Ute Ellin
Harlan County War (TV Movie 2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A Kentucky woman whose mine-worker husband is nearly killed in a cave-in, and whose father is slowly dying of black lung disease, joins the picket lines for a long, violent strike.

Director: Tony Bill
Stars: Holly Hunter, Stellan Skarsgård, Ted Levine
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Laschen, a German journalist, travels to the city of Beirut during the fights between Christians and Palestinians to produce an essay about the situation. Together with his photographer, he... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Bruno Ganz, Hanna Schygulla, Jean Carmet
Strike (2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A nearly illiterate woman becomes one of the founders of Poland's Solidarity union.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Katharina Thalbach, Dominique Horwitz, Andrzej Chyra
Billy Wilder Speaks (TV Movie 2006)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Billy Wilder discusses his life and films in interviews filmed by Volker Schlondorff over two weeks in 1988.

Directors: Gisela Grischow, Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Jean Arthur, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney
Once Upon a Texas Train (TV Movie 1988)
Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Captain Hayes of the mighty law enforcement squad named the Texas Rangers reached the pinnacle of his career when he captured the notorious John Henry, an outlaw cowboy, and put him behind ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: Willie Nelson, Richard Widmark, Shaun Cassidy
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Ute Lemper, Michael Nyman, Beverley Davison
Swann in Love (1984)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Elegant and educated bachelor, Charles Swann, moves in the most powerful and fashionable circles of Paris in the 1890's. When he falls in love with Odette de Crecy, a courtesan, his friends... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Jeremy Irons, Ornella Muti, Alain Delon
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Rita Vogt is a radical West German terrorist who abandons the revolution and settles in East Germany with a new identity provided by the East German secret service. She lives in constant ... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Bibiana Beglau, Richard Kropf, Martin Wuttke
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

When the closure of a railway is announced, employees commandeer a locomotive to get to corporate headquarters and confront the president.

Director: Jay Russell
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Bob Balaban, Barbara Barrie
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Mario Adorf, Justus von Dohnányi
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Ruth Halbfass has been married to the industrialist Erich Halbfass for sixteen years in a loveless marriage and they have a fourteen year-old teenage daughter, Aglaia. Ruth has a love ... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Senta Berger, Peter Ehrlich, Helmut Griem
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Mathu
...
Sheriff Mapes
...
Candy Marshall
...
Clatoo
...
Lou Dimes
...
Yank
Tiger Haynes ...
Booker
Papa John Creach ...
Jacob
Julius Harris ...
Coot
Rosanna Carter ...
Beulah
Walter Breaux ...
Charlie
Joe 'Flash' Riley ...
Jameson (as Jay 'Flash' Riley)
Danny Barker ...
Chimley
Howard 'Sandman' Sims ...
Uncle Billy
P. Jay Sidney ...
Gable
Edit

Storyline

A regular day in a Louisiana sugarcane plantation changes course when a local white farmer is shot in self defense. A group of old, black men takes a courageous step by coming forward en masse to take responsibility for the killing of a white racist, whom one of their members has shot. As the sheriff confronts the suspects, the young plantation owner stands alone in her daring defense of this group of men, provoking racial tension that makes a compelling drama. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »

Taglines:

A Lifetime of Injustice...A Moment of Vengeance.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

10 May 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Murder on the Bayou  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Well done
12 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

A white man has been shot in front of a black man's house in Louisiana. From the racial attitudes and the houses the blacks live in, I would have said this was from the 50s or earlier, but the police car is like the car I drove in Driver's Ed class in 1976, and a hearse is a 1965 Cadillac.

Candy owns the land where many of the blacks live, and she claims she shot the white man, while Mathu says he did it. Candy knows what is going to happen, and every elderly black man in the area who has a gun is dispatched to Mathu's place, for a showdown with the local sheriff that is reminiscent of the memorable scene from the original 'Spartacus'. They can't arrest all these men, and they can't all be guilty. Meanwhile, the dead man's relatives want their own brand of justice.

There was a lot of good acting in this movie, and so many of the characters seemed like real people, not movie characters. This was true of Candy's white relatives, the dead man's father Fix and his family, and the blacks who came to Mathu's rescue and their families. And the movie was quite funny at times. Some women didn't want their husbands doing something dangerous, but the men were determined to do their duty. Several women showed no fear whatsoever as they sat in front of Mathu's house, and they displayed an attitude that could have easily gotten them shot in the real South of the 1950s. Racial hatred had apparently mellowed somewhat by this time.

There were several deep discussions about such subjects as blacks coming home from World War II (one man wore what appeared to be his army uniform) and preservation of people's heritage.

Holly Hunter was wonderful. In one scene it was obvious from her facial expression that her character was lying. And she showed a strong determination to protect 'her' people. She had been raised by an aunt and uncle after her parents died, an experience that helped make her strong. Her relatives were determined to let her do the job without getting involved themselves. Maybe they were afraid to.

I didn't recognize Lou Gossett, but he is always good. In one scene I thought I saw him, but obviously that wasn't him, because he was Mathu.

This was really worth seeing.


19 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss A Gathering of Old Men (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?