MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 46,118 this week

Strange Fruit (2002)

 -  Documentary  -  May 2002 (USA)
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 77 users   Metascore: 73/100
Reviews: 5 user | 7 critic | 8 from Metacritic.com

In 1937, after seeing a photo depicting the lynching of a black man in the south, Bronx-born high school teacher Abel Meeropol wrote a poem entitled "Strange Fruit" that begins with the ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 834 titles
created 21 Jan 2012
 
a list of 952 titles
created 23 Sep 2012
 
a list of 53 titles
created 27 Feb 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Strange Fruit" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Strange Fruit (2002)

Strange Fruit (2002) on IMDb 7.4/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Strange Fruit.
4 wins. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Dorothy Thigpen ...
Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amina Baraka ...
Herself
Amiri Baraka ...
Himself
E.M. 'Woody' Beck ...
Himself
Don Byron ...
Himself (archive footage)
Hazel Carby ...
Herself
Michael Denning ...
Himself
Henry Foner ...
Himself
...
Himself (as Milt Gabler)
Farah Jasmine Griffin ...
Herself
...
Herself (archive footage)
Robert Howard ...
Himself
Bernie Kassoy ...
Himself
Honey Kassoy ...
Herself
Abbey Lincoln ...
Herself
Edit

Storyline

In 1937, after seeing a photo depicting the lynching of a black man in the south, Bronx-born high school teacher Abel Meeropol wrote a poem entitled "Strange Fruit" that begins with the words: "Southern trees bear a strange fruit / Blood on the leaves and blood at the root." He set the poem to music and a few years later convinced Billy holiday to record it in a legendary heartbreaking performance. Intertwining jazz genealogy, biography, performance footage, and the history of lynching, director Joel Katz fashions a fascinating discovery of the lost story behind a true American classic. Written by Excerpted from Coolidge Corner Theatre Program Update

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

May 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Outo hedelmä  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Something you can't comprehend

"Southern trees bear a strange fruit/Blood on the leaves and blood at the root."Strange Fruit.A poem written by a Jewish high school teacher Abel Meeropol.A song made famous by Billie Holiday.Abel wrote it after he saw a photo depicting the lynching of a black man in the south.Something so beautiful came out of such a tragic event.Shivers go down your spine when you hear Billie Holiday perform it.Your eyes get wet.You ask yourself why and yet you get no answer.How could something like that happen such a short time ago? And just because you're black.Joel Katz' documentary from 2002 is very touching, very moving movie about one stain in American history.There are Abel's sons, Michael and Robby, talking about the song, about their father.Pete Seeger sings a piece of the song and plays with his guitar.Again your eyes get wet.Amiri Baraka, Don Byron, Abbey Wilson and Cassandra Wilson are also talking there.This movie makes you mad, it makes you sad.There is a stain you can't clean. "Here is a strange and bitter crop."


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Video or DVD availability? rongreen2
Discuss Strange Fruit (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?