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Nothing But a Man (1964)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 19 September 1964 (USA)
A black man and his school-teacher wife face discriminatory challenges in 1960s America.

Director:

Michael Roemer

Writers:

Michael Roemer, Robert M. Young (as Robert Young)

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4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ivan Dixon ... Duff Anderson
Abbey Lincoln ... Josie
Julius Harris ... Will Anderson
Gloria Foster ... Lee
Martin Priest Martin Priest ... Mill Worker
Leonard Parker Leonard Parker ... Frankie
Yaphet Kotto ... Jocko
Stanley Greene Stanley Greene ... Rev. Dawson
Helen Lounck Helen Lounck ... Effie Simms
Helene Arrindell Helene Arrindell ... Doris
Walter Wilson Walter Wilson ... Car Owner
Milton Williams Milton Williams ... Pop
Mel Stewart ... Riddick (as Melvin Stewart)
Marshal Tompkin Marshal Tompkin ... Revivalist (as Rev. Marshal Tompkin)
Alfred Puryear Alfred Puryear ... Barney
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Storyline

Born in Birmingham, Duff Anderson, the father of a male toddler, who lives with a nanny, re-locates to a small town to work on the railroad. He meets with and is attracted to Josie much to the chagrin of her preacher father. The marriage does take place nevertheless, both re-locate to live in their own house and he gets a job in a mill. He decides not to bring his son to live with them. Challenges arise when the Mill Foreman finds out that Duff is attempting to unionize the workers, forcing Duff to quit, and look for work elsewhere. Unable to reconcile himself to working on a daily wage of $2.50 picking cotton nor even as a waiter, he gets a job at a garage. He is enraged at a customer for belittling him and Josie, and is let go. Unemployed, unable to support his wife and son, he gets abusive and leaves - perhaps never to return. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Nothing But a Man has the violence, passion, tenderness of a Negro man and a girl in a smoldering southern town!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kun et menneske See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$160,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,466, 11 November 2012

Gross USA:

$13,063

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,063
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This film's soundtrack LP was the first soundtrack album released by Motown Records. See more »

Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.21 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Try Something New
Written by Smokey Robinson
Performed by The Miracles
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A Groundbreaking Film
8 October 2005 | by stanmickSee all my reviews

I've seen this movie twice and it touches me in a way that compels me to see it again and again. This film touches so many elements of poor southern existence that it feels more current than films made today. Though forty-one years later, with elements of the situational context dated, the film is eerily current. For example, with cotton-picking, day-working and railways section gangs replaced by newer working-class occupations, there remains a race-based hierarchy to life. NBAM brings to mind scenes from Crash minus the shock required for contemporary senses. I can only imagine what it was like to see this film when it was in the theater. As with so many genre-shifting and defing movies, watch it and the DVD extras section.


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