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Slaves (1969)

Not Rated | | Drama | 25 May 1972 (Hungary)
A Kentucky slave fights for his freedom from cruel overseer whose mistress eventually joins Davis and the other slaves in their revolt.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Boyd ... MacKay
Dionne Warwick ... Cassy
Ossie Davis ... Luke
Marilyn Clark Marilyn Clark ... Mrs. Bennett
Gale Sondergaard ... New Orleans lady
Shepperd Strudwick ... Mr. Stillwell
Nancy Coleman ... Mrs. Stillwell
Julius Harris ... Shadrach
David Huddleston ... Holland
Eva Jessye Eva Jessye ... Julie
Robert Kya-Hill ... Jericho
Barbara Ann Teer Barbara Ann Teer ... Esther
James Heath James Heath ... Luther
Aldine King Aldine King ... Emmeline
Slim Landrum Slim Landrum
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A Kentucky slave fights for his freedom from cruel overseer whose mistress eventually joins Davis and the other slaves in their revolt.

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"You bought me for $650...but you don't own me!" See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1972 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Cadenas de odio See more »

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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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This was Nancy Coleman's final film before her death on January 18, 2000 at the age of 87. See more »

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Luke: "Luke", you said, "I trust you. Take these horses up into Ohio and bring me back the money. And then I'll make you free". As God is my judge, Master, that's what you said.
Mr. Stillwell: And that's what I meant.
Luke: And I turned my back on freedom, walked back into slavery, back into hell, cos' you trusted me and I trusted you. And now you're telling me, I'm sold.
Mr. Stillwell: I'm as helpless as you.
Luke: But you ain't sold, Master. Say something about that.
Mr. Stillwell: There's nothing I can say.
Luke: But there's got to be something you can say, ...
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Edited into Afro Promo (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Black Iv'ry Bay
Music by Bobby Scott
Lyrics by Bob Kessler
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"Life only got one meaning for me now...freedom!"
25 April 2015 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Ossie Davis is a tower of strength as a Kentucky slave in 1850, promised his freedom by his well-meaning white master but, instead, sold off to an auctioneer. He is eventually 'purchased' by an extremely moody Mississippi cotton plantation owner who has relocated from the north--and who keeps a black "wench" in his bed. Director and co-screenwriter Herbert J. Biberman apparently had sincere intentions here, but his film--cheaply produced and cheaply presented--comes off as sensationalistic (the title "Slaves" may as well be followed with an exclamation point). Pop singer Dionne Warwick (in her acting debut) has dramatic eyes and a curious smudge of a mouth, but her role as Stephen Boyd's mistress doesn't make much sense, and her introductory scenes--drunk and painting up her face--are confusing and off-putting. One sequence, a grueling day for the slaves picking cotton in the sun, and later weighing their results in the rain, is atmospheric and hard-hitting; but only when Davis is on-screen does Biberman get anything heartfelt going. The rest of "Slaves" is crude, and processed for shock value. *1/2 from ****


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