Homer Hobbs, home after two years in jail, discovers that life on the outside can be crueler than the back-breaking injustice of the chain gang. He returns to a bleak urban town caught in ...
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Homer Hobbs, home after two years in jail, discovers that life on the outside can be crueler than the back-breaking injustice of the chain gang. He returns to a bleak urban town caught in the depths of the Great Depression - no jobs, no prospects, no hope - where he is thrown together with four strangers, each struggling to survive as they scratch and scheme to dig their way out of poverty. Life is grim. But on Sunday nights, in a dingy hall in a forlorn neighborhood, the men of the ghetto piece together the finest attire their meager lives can beg, borrow or steal to compete in an underground contest like no other. The big winner will go home with the five dollar prize. The real prize - far less tangible, yet priceless - is the chance to feel like a king, if just for an evening. To men like these, the touch of a woman, the adulation of the crowd, the feel of a fine-looking suit are proof enough that a man might yet escape the debasement of the ghetto. And only one can emerge - King ... Written by
Robert Page Jones
My 350th Review: Very lovingly made film about the Great Depression
This was one of my favorite films of the year - because it showed wonderful heart and camaraderie - and the cast bring to life superbly the numbing poverty and never say die spirit that the 30s needed quite beautifully.
We were just swept along by this small story - Homer comes "off the line" having done two years for petty larceny and through a group of misfit friends discovers life again.
With immense charm, and a good dose of realism this is a film that avoids violence, and bad language and rather tries to connect to values - it is a pleasure to watch and as I said in my title what really shines is that this is made with care.
A very satisfying watch, not too schmaltzy at all, but just story-telling well told....
If you get a chance to watch it, do!
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