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A Gathering of Old Men (1987)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 10 May 1987
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 »

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(as Volker Schlondorff)

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(screenplay), (novel)
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Mathu
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Sheriff Mapes
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Candy Marshall
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Clatoo
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Lou Dimes
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Yank
Tiger Haynes ...
Booker
Papa John Creach ...
Jacob
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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 ...
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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

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

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10 May 1987 (USA)  »

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Murder on the Bayou  »

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some great actor with limited tension
22 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

In the Louisiana sugarcane fields, white farmer Beau Boutan is chasing a black man Charlie. Charlie seeks shelter at the home of Mathu (Louis Gossett Jr.) and Beau is shot to death. Candy Marshall (Holly Hunter) arrives to see Mathu with a shot gun. She gathers a group of black locals to defend Mathu and tries to claim the shooting for herself. Her family used to own the vast land. The local whites are mostly Cajuns who leased the land from Marshall. The group of elderly blacks start claiming the shooting for themselves. Lou Dimes (Will Patton) tries to talk Candy down. Sheriff Mapes (Richard Widmark) investigates the shooting with too many willing suspects. Beau's progressive brother Gilbert returns home from college urging caution but anger is rising.

I need the movie to start with a definitive year. The book is supposed to be set in the 70s. The lack of a date leaves me questioning whether it's 1987. The decade makes a big difference. The list of black actors is stacked. Louis Gossett Jr. isn't even the best. The best is probably Joe Seneca. The Cajun side needs better actors. They are mostly a bunch random white thugs. The story has potential but the tension is limited.


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