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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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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 ... Adam Marenga - Mau-Mau Leader
Sidney Poitier ... Kimani Wa Karanja
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Storyline

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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Love in an Inferno See more »

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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 »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Perspecta Sound) (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some shots were filmed in the Nairobi National Park. The film crew were met at the game park entrance and were told they could not bring in their own trees, hay, and lucerne. The park warden said that thorn trees were a permanent feature, and that the crew could get close enough to the animals to film them without having to feed them first. See more »

Quotes

Leader - Intellectual in Suit: We are beggars and slaves in our own land. The British allow us in their homes and hotels, yes. But how? As servants! We are millions, they are a handful. We are strong, they are weak. How then are they the masters and we the slaves? Is it white magic? Is it God's will? No. They have the guns. We too shall have guns. Are we ready for this? The whole colored world burns with the fever of revolt... with the fire for freedom. Do any of you have any questions? Is there a doubt in your hearts? What ...
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Crazy Credits

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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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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