Living in Kentucky prior to the Civil War, Amantha Starr is a privileged young woman. Her widower father, a wealthy plantation owner, dotes on her and he sends her to the best schools. When he dies suddenly however, Amantha's world is turned upside down. She learns that her father had been living on borrowed money and that her mother was actually a slave and her father's mistress. The plantation is to be sold to pay off her father's debts and as the daughter of a slave, Amantha is also to be sold as property. She is bought by a Louisiana plantation owner, Hamish Bond and over time she grows to love him until she learns he was a slave-trader. She tries again to become part of white society but realizes that her future lies elsewhere.
All the passionate violence--All the lush splendor that flows from the tumultuous best-seller by the Pulitzer Prize author of "All the King's Men'!
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Did You Know?
The film proved to be a complete failure on release, both critically and commercially. Clark Gable
was annoyed by the comparisons with Gone with the Wind
(1939) and instructed his agent, "If it doesn't suit an old geezer with false teeth, forget about it." He also decided to part company with Raoul Walsh
, previously one of his favorite directors. See more
Torin Thatcher arrives at Clark Gable's house and they sit at a table in the garden. Torin puts his hat on the head of a boy who goes off with it. Some little while later with no return of the boy there's a shot of them still at the table now joined by Sidney Poitier but Torin now has his hat on. See more
[Wakes up in bed, stretches
Mr. Hamish Bond can't keep me here! I'm leaving the moment his back is turned.
[Offers a tray of food
The Master said those low-down men didn't bother to feed you. You must be very hungry.
I'll leave... as soon as I've had the chance to rest and recover my strength.
[Picke up a knife and fork and begins to eat
Edited into La Classe américaine
Wade in the Water
Performed by plantation slaves See more