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The Learning Tree (1969)

The story, set in Kansas during the 1920s, covers less than a year in the life of a black teenager, and documents the veritable deluge of events which force him into sudden manhood. The ... See full summary »

Director:

Gordon Parks

Writers:

Gordon Parks (novel), Genevieve Young (story consultant) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle Johnson Kyle Johnson ... Newt
Alex Clarke Alex Clarke ... Marcus
Estelle Evans ... Sarah
Dana Elcar ... Kirky
Mira Waters Mira Waters ... Arcella
Joel Fluellen Joel Fluellen ... Uncle Rob
Malcolm Atterbury ... Silas Newhall
Richard Ward ... Booker Savage
Russell Thorson ... Judge Cavanaugh
Peggy Rea ... Miss McClintock
Carol Lamond Carol Lamond ... Big Mabel
Kevin Hagen ... Doc Tim Cravens
Jimmy Rushing Jimmy Rushing ... Chappie Logan (as James Rushing)
Dub Taylor ... Spikey
Felix Nelson Felix Nelson ... Jack Winger
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The story, set in Kansas during the 1920s, covers less than a year in the life of a black teenager, and documents the veritable deluge of events which force him into sudden manhood. The family relationships and enmities, the fears, frustrations and ambitions of the black teenager in small-town America are explored with a strong statement about human values. Written by alfiehitchie

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A film by Gordon Parks based on his novel See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1970 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Com o Terror na Alma See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Scott, Kansas, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Winger See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The first major studio feature film directed by an African-American (Gordon Parks). See more »


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My Baby's Gone
Sung by Jimmy Rushing
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This one of the best films made about African Americans
14 August 2011 | by hymandonaldSee all my reviews

I saw this movie when it first came out and I was very impressed. Here was a film about black people that was very positive and the protagonist was a young black male. I was a young black male in Ninth grade and I could really identify with this film.

Now if you examine films that were released that year or 10 years before none of them featured a story about a young black male.

The photography was beautiful and memorable.

I walked out of this film feeling proud and out of all the genre of films made during the blaxploitation era this one and sounder are certainly the most universal.

This was something that could have been done by Disney if they had the vision then that they have now!

I highly recommend this film and book to students in secondary school and university and since I teach at both I do.


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