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Something of Value (1957)

Approved | | Drama, War | June 1957 (USA)
Although Peter and Kimani grew up together, Kimani soon finds that different races are treated differently. After Kimani's father is jailed for following tribal customs, Kimani joins a band... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Brooks

Writers:

Richard Brooks (screen play), Robert C. Ruark (book)
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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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 ... Adam Marenga - Mau-Mau Leader
Sidney Poitier ... Kimani Wa Karanja
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Although Peter and Kimani grew up together, Kimani soon finds that different races are treated differently. After Kimani's father 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. Even after the Mau Mau murder his little sister and brother, Peter still believes that there is a chance for peaceful co-existence and that he can stop most of the killing if he can reason with Kimani. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Drama | War

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Although shooting animals and getting out of the vehicle were forbidden in the Nairobi National Park, Rock Hudson was allowed out of the Land Rover to aim his gun at a zebra. The actual shooting of a zebra was filmed by the second unit in the Nanyuki area about one hundred miles away. 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: Did you...
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The starting credits start with the words: "When we take away from a man his traditional way of life, his customs, his religion, we had better make certain to replace them with Something of Value!" See more »

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Yes it is...
14 October 2004 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This movie is really something of value.Rock HUdson's character says "we steal their earth and their religion,we 've got to give them something of value instead".Actually,Richard Brookes applied to Africa what he 'd done two years back with "the last hunt" where the white men killed the buffalos and starved the Indians.They even despised their belief by killing even the White animal.

Preceded by "Simba" an English movie starring Dirk Bogarde the screenplay of which

shows a lot of similarities with "something of value' Brooks 's work seems nevertheless superior ,because it has very strong scenes:Poitier,smashing the mirror with disgust after the killing,the informer killed on the barbed wire by the other prisoners;the old man ,afraid of thunder.This last scene may seem naive ,nay insulting for the natives ,but it was fifty years ago.People who criticize the movie should think about it:in 1957,it was a courageous movie,as "the last hunt" was.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Africa Ablaze See more »

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Mono (Perspecta Sound) (Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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