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Uncle Tom's Cabin (1965)

Onkel Toms Hütte (original title)
R | | Drama | 1 January 1969 (USA)
In the pre-Civil War South, a sadistic plantation-owner brutalizes his slaves to the point of them heaving no other choice but to rebel. Always obedient, peaceful and honest old slave Tom plays a central role in this tragedy.

Writers:

Harriet Beecher Stowe (novel), Fred Denger (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Kitzmiller ... Uncle Tom
Herbert Lom ... Simon Legree
Olive Moorefield ... Cassy
O.W. Fischer ... Saint-Claire
Catana Cayetano Catana Cayetano ... Eliza
Michaela May ... Little Eva (as Gertraud Mittermayr)
Mylène Demongeot ... Harriet
Charles Fawcett Charles Fawcett ... Mr. Shelby
Vilma Degischer ... Mrs. Shelby
Thomas Fritsch ... George Shelby
Bibi Jelinek Bibi Jelinek ... Virginia
George Goodman George Goodman ... Sambo
Juliette Gréco ... Dinah
Harold Bradley Harold Bradley ... Harris
Eleonora Rossi Drago ... Mrs. Saint-Claire
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In the pre-Civil War South, a sadistic plantation-owner brutalizes his slaves to the point of them heaving no other choice but to rebel. Always obedient, peaceful and honest old slave Tom plays a central role in this tragedy.

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The REAL story of how it all happened--the SLAVES, the MASTERS, the LOVERS! See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Language:

German | English

Release Date:

1 January 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Uncle Tom's Cabin See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM 4,200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

6-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Aldo von Pinelli first announced Louis Armstrong to be playing the part of Uncle Tom, but the failing health of the singer and actor made this impossible. Simon Legree was first offered to Mario Adorf and Gert Fröbe, before Herbert Lom took over the part. Other roles were intended to be played by Harry Belafonte, Ella Fitzgerald and Omar Sharif, but none of them actually participated in this movie. See more »

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Washington D.C.'s Lincoln Memorial is depicted as being in New York. See more »

Alternate Versions

Re-cut and re-dubbed in 1977 for a re-issue in the U.S. Jeffrey Hunter's voice is not heard in this version, which was used for the videocassette release now available. See more »

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Version of A Cabana do Pai Tomás (1969) See more »

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Saber Dance
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European Uncle.
9 January 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Although well known in the whole world "Uncle Tom's cabin" has never been the subject of a major American motion picture.It's easy to see why;the paternalistic side of this mammoth novel has grown unbearable to some:who among the most famous black actors would accept a "yessir " part?It's easily understood,even if Hattie MacDaniell received a colored actor's first AA, for just that kind of role.(Gone with the wind)

So this big budget European movie.Like the precedent user,I saw this production a long long long time ago,but I've got a vivid memory of it. It's interesting to note that the director,Geza Radvanyi, made one masterpiece "Valahol Europa'ban"(somewhere in Europa) and after soon degenerated into what the German critics call "films limonades" (mushy movies).

"Uncle Tom 's Cabin" is more an European movie than a German one:Italian actors(Eleonora Rossi-Drago) meet German (Herbert Lom) or French ones (Juliette Greco,Mylène Demongeot)ones. Mrs Beecher -Stowe would be turning in her grave if she saw some of the scenarists' "adaptations":On the boat,there's a steamy (for the time) scene between Legree and Cassy.Exit chaste old cousin Ophelia,and make way for a vivacious gorgeous young Harriet.Besides,the deadly serious M.Saint-Clare goes to see a hostess in a bar .(Juliette Greco).The end of the movie becomes epic,as the slaves rise up against their "owners".

On the plus side:beautiful Negro spîrituals during the Mississipi shots and a nice Evangeline Saint-Clare played by Gertraud Mittermayer.However,it's doubtful that this movie should be reissued some day.


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