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Nothing But a Man (1964)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 19 September 1964 (USA)
A proud 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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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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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, 9 November 2012

Gross USA:

$12,438
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Julius Harris and Yaphet Kotto later appeared together in Live and Let Die (1973) and Friday Foster (1975) See more »


Soundtracks

This Is When I Needed You Most
by Martha & The Vandellas
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Terrific Film!
17 September 2001 | by CreamoftheWheatSee all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed "Nothing But a Man." Unlike other films before it, it shows black men and casts them in lead roles instead of sticking them in white circles. It is an excellent and faithful depiction of problems that blacks faced, such as maratial, familial, and social dilemmas. This film also focuses on black masculinity and what being a black man is about, and it highlights the struggle and contrast of being free and easy and not tied down as opposed to being married and struggling for one's dignity. The film itself is great for its neorealistic style. It is like a documentary in many respects. It is black & white, gritty, and has no soundtracks running (save the Motown and the gospel). Unlike the race films of Micheaux and Williams who used this documentary-style depiction to push their messages, Roemer fearlesssly shows the brutality and bleakness of African-American life, with an ending reminiscent of Orwell's 1984. I loved this movie. It is honest, non-patronizing, and accurate. I saw it in my ethnic cinema class, and I highly recommend it.


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