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The Rough South of Harry Crews (1991)

TV Movie  |   |  7 November 1991 (USA)
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Writer-director Gary Hawkins's first "Rough South" entry, "The Rough South of Harry Crews," bases his show on Crew's revealing remark, "What has been most significant in my life had all ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Bobby Benson ...
Young Harry Crews IV
Dusty Cagle ...
Young Harry Crews I
Harry Crews ...
Jesse Downey III ...
Young Harry Crews III
Jesse Downey Jr. ...
Harry's father
Trey Lockerby ...
Uncle Elsie
Clarence Loflin ...
Dr. Branch
Jerry Leath Mills ...
Dwight Murphy ...
John C. Pace
Kevin Price ...
Young Harry Crews V
Memsy Price ...
Myrtice Crews
Jordan Rickard ...
Young Harry Crews II
Myrtice Turner ...
Sam Wiseman ...
Dr. Sharp


Writer-director Gary Hawkins's first "Rough South" entry, "The Rough South of Harry Crews," bases his show on Crew's revealing remark, "What has been most significant in my life had all taken place by the time I was six years old." Hawkins re-enacts the early episodes of Crew's childhood through a still-photo technique reminiscent of Chris Marker's "La Jette," juxtaposing the stills against Crew's commentary to reveal the source of his adult literary themes. Written by Ardmore McClurkin

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Gary Hawkins study of Harry Crews reveals the man behind the writing.
21 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have only recently been privileged to see Gary Hawkins's Emmy-winning documentary featuring the inimitable Harry Crews; Crews dominates the film with the intensity of his personality, his ideas about writing, his sense of himself as a creature of the South.

Hawkins was right to focus on Crews himself, whose force of personality carries a film which successfully introduces the viewer to Crews and his work; besides concentrating on Crews's extended monologues, Hawkins made superb choices regarding the few others who appear on the film: the author's mother, almost as intense as Harry Crews himself, offers insights into her son's early history. Larry Brown, who considered Crews a "friend and mentor," offers praise and analysis. Professor Jerry Leith Mills offers academic perspectives on Crews and his work without pontificating.

Over all, Hawkins produced an outstanding film, one that showcases its subject with power and certainty.

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