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Something of Value (1957)

Approved | | Drama , War | June 1957 (USA)
Even though Peter and Kimani grow up together, Kimani soon finds that different races are treated differently. After the father of Kimani is jailed for following tribal customs, Kimani ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Brooks

Writers:

Richard Brooks (screen play), Robert C. Ruark (book)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rock Hudson ... Henry's Son - Peter
Dana Wynter ... Peter's Betrothed - Holly
Wendy Hiller ... Henry's Daughter - Elizabeth
Juano Hernandez ... Njogu - Oath Giver
William Marshall ... Leader - Intellectual in Suit
Robert Beatty ... Elizabeth's Husband - Jeff Newton
Walter Fitzgerald ... A White Settler - Henry McKenzie
Michael Pate ... A Farmer - Joe Matson
Ivan Dixon ... Lathela - Loyal Gun-Bearer
Ken Renard ... Karanja - Father of Kimani
Samadu Jackson Samadu Jackson ... Witch Doctor
Frederick O'Neal Frederick O'Neal ... Adam Marenga - Mau-Mau Leader
Sidney Poitier ... Kimani Wa Karanja
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Storyline

Even though Peter and Kimani grow up together, Kimani soon finds that different races are treated differently. After the father of Kimani is jailed for following tribal customs, Kimani joins a band of rebels that wants all non-Kenyans out of their country. While Kimani believes in the cause, he does not agree with the indiscriminate killing of women, children, and those who will not join or agree with them. Peter, even after the deaths of his little sister and brother by the Mau Mau, still believes that there is a chance for peaceful co-existence. He believes that he can stop most of the killing if he can only reason with Kimani. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Love in an Inferno See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Africa Ablaze See more »

Filming Locations:

Africa See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Perspecta Sound) (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There is a scene in the film where Dana Wynter drives a Land Rover. This was filmed in Kenya and Wynter couldn't drive the Land Rover. A British citizen who beared an uncanny resembleness to Wynter, who was living and working near to the filming location stood in for this driving scene. Her name is Eileen Cussans now, eighty-four, and now lives West Sussex, England. See more »

Quotes

Crown Consul: Swear him in.
Karanja - Father of Kimani: Which god, please?
Crown Consul: The Christian God.
Karanja - Father of Kimani: I worship Ngai, the god who lives on Mount Kenya. I will swear by our sacred Githathi stone.
Crown Consul: Your word will suffice.
Karanja - Father of Kimani: Oh, no, no. If I lie before this symbol of God... my children and their children and my home and my land will turn to dust. And when I die... I will have no life hereafter except to live forever in eternity... by the cursed hyena, cowardly eater of the dead. i speak the truth.
Crown Consul: You're the father of the dead baby in question?
Karanja - Father of Kimani: Yes.
Crown Consul:
Karanja - Father of Kimani:
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Crazy Credits

The film's epilogue is a Winston Churchill quotation: "The problems of East Africa are the problems of the world." See more »

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Featured in Rock Hudson's Home Movies (1992) See more »

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For me, this was a nostalgic journey.
8 March 2004 | by hoopoeSee all my reviews

I read Robert Ruark's book twice, Once before I went to Kenya in 1968 and once after my return. I had never seen the movie until recently. While in Africa, I was told by the Black Kenyans and the British Kenyans that the story was exaggerated, but this often happens to keep the interest alive. Having visited there, I thoroughly enjoyed the scenery and remembering many places where I had been and the animals running across the plains with Mount Kenya in the background. It was a treat to see young Rock Hudson, beautiful Dana Wynter and the talents of Sidney Poitier and Wendy Hiller. The action and the supporting actors are fine and I think I will watch it again before I return the tape to the video store.


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