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The Mark of the Hawk (1957)

Approved | | Drama | December 1957 (UK)
The man called Obam struggles with the increasingly hostile forces facing each other in a colonial African country. The African natives want their land and lives back from the British ... See full summary »


Michael Audley


Lloyd Young (original story), H. Kenn Carmichael (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eartha Kitt ... Renee
Sidney Poitier ... Obam
Juano Hernandez ... Amugu
John McIntire ... Bruce Craig
Helen Horton Helen Horton ... Barbara Craig
Marne Maitland ... Sandar Lai
Gerard Heinz ... Govenor General
Patrick Allen ... Gregory
Earl Cameron ... Prosecutor
Clifton Macklin Clifton Macklin ... Kanda
Ewen Solon ... Inspector
Lockwood West Lockwood West ... Magistrate
Francis Matthews ... Overholt
Philip Vickers Philip Vickers ... Ben (as Phillip Vickers)
Bill Nagy ... Fred


The man called Obam struggles with the increasingly hostile forces facing each other in a colonial African country. The African natives want their land and lives back from the British colonists. Obam's motives are questioned by his own people, in particular his brother Kanda. With the help of his wife Renee and missionary Bruce Craig, will he be able to get things under control before the country self-destructs? Written by Greg Bruno <burlynerd@usa.net>

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In his autobiography, Sidney Poitier said that his biggest surprise was Eartha Kitt, perpetually portrayed in the tabloid press as a vacuous starlet, who he felt acted with great integrity and intelligence on this shoot. See more »


This Man Is Mine
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A strong and gripping racial drama about dignity and human rights
28 November 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This interesting story deals about OBAMA a freedom fighter facing colonialism and set against the backdrop of apartheid .It's a serious colonial story about rebellion in an African country very compelling made and deserving a fine treatment with poignant moments . The story focuses on the segregation's opposition by Obam as well as the events leading up a rebellion by the organization of the Mark of Hawk. Obam renounce for living resignedly with discrimination and apartheid confronting the system for gaining independence. It's utterly convincing and does powerful and moving statement about the colonialism and apartheid. This exciting and startling drama maintains a strong grip throughout, however is urgent a digital remastering but the copy-film is worn-out. The best scenes are referred about a flashbacks in China where a Christian missionary, well played by John McIntire, is prisoned by the Mao's communists and his Chinese son . Superb casting with fine all around acting. Good ensemble actors, both Sidney Poitier as freedom fighter to get racial equality and Eartha Kitt turn in wonderfully performances, furthermore include song titled 'This man is mine'sung by Kitt, the future cat-woman in Batman TV series . John McIntire is splendid as doomed preacher and awesome Juano Hernandez in an understated, restrained performance.This feature with hopeful message of potential racial harmony is well realized by Michael Audley in his first and only one.

This thought-provoking, well-meaning expose that, like many others, focuses on African and white people conflicts , such as those also starred by Sidney Potier : 'Something of value'(1957)by Richard Brooks ,again with Juano Hernandez and set in Kenia with terrible revolutionary group named 'Mau Mau' , a 'Mark of Hawk'-alike, and 'Cry the beloved country¨(version 1951)by Zoltan Korda again with Sidney Poitier and set in South Africa where the oppression,horror and destruction of apartheid system are equally exposed.

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