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Soll Gautier
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Ben Johnson
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Martha Johnson
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Asa
Calvin Levels ...
Leroy
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Billy
Mel Winkler ...
Jackson
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Sherman Edwards
Bob Edmundson ...
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Jerry Biggs ...
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Martin F. Schacker ...
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Walter Breaux Jr. ...
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Tony Frank ...
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In 1902 Texas, 13-year-old Horace goes to work on old Soll's farm to earn enough money to buy a headstone for his father's grave. Unfortunately for Horace, Soll's senility, ill health, and obsession with the convict labor he uses to work the farm, make it unlikely that Horace will ever be paid the $12.50 Soll owes him for 6 months work. Written by JeanneArmintrout@juno.com

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6 December 1991 (USA)  »

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When Soll thinks he hears someone in the closet he shoots three times and we see three bullet holes. But when Jackson opens the closet door to investigate, there are four holes. See more »

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Ben Johnson: Cane Land it was called once. Cane it'll be again.
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Unappreciated movie. Great acting, great story!
30 July 2006 | by (Oakland, CA USA) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this film on cable, it instantly became one of my favorite movies. I'm a big fan of James Earl Jones and Robert Duvall. The movie paints an accurate picture of the South and the racist attitudes. Most of the attitudes came from Soll, an old plantation owner who uses convicts for labor. Soll is what makes the move, his funny ramblings give us insights in to the way The South was back then. I suppose that if Soll lived today he would be diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. None the less his attitudes towards a little boy who comes to work for him and the convicts is complex. While he has racist views, he's grown to trust some of the convicts who are all black. The two convicts he trusts most are Jackson(Mel Winkler) and Ben(James Earl Jones). The conversations between Ben and Soll are the best in the movie, they have real chemistry. James Earl Jones and Mel Winkler both but in great performances as well as Hass.

This movie should have gotten more notoriety. However it's on DVD and worth the money.

Rayvyn


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