12 user 4 critic

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.
1 nomination. See more awards »




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


A Kentucky slave fights for his freedom from cruel overseer whose mistress eventually joins Davis and the other slaves in their revolt.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


For the slave - courage knew no chains - For the master - desire knew no colour in the savage world of the Old South! See more »




Not Rated | See all certifications »






Release Date:

25 May 1972 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Cadenas de odio See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color (Eastmancolor)
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


This was the final film directed by Herbert J. Biberman before his death on June 30, 1971 at the age of 71. See more »


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, ...
See more »


Referenced in Birth of the Living Dead (2013) See more »


Music by Bobby Scott
Lyrics by Bob Kessler
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews


It's a movie about slavery so on that note the movie already has a grim tone to it. Technically, no one once to see a movie about slavery with a happy tone to it.

The late great Ozzie Davis plays a house slave brainwashed by the master who used the love of Jesus to do so. Ozzie eventually sees the light when his master, who promised he would never sell his slaves, sells him to a new master who sees his slaves as nothing but property, and as such makes the old slave how much slavery sucks.

Donne Warwick plays another type of House slave that catches the masters attention, if you get my drift, and she somewhat caught in-between being better than the rest of the slaves, but at the same time no different than them.

The movies best point is that is shows you the different types of mind sets slaves had back in the day. From slaves who want to be free to those who actually think things are find the way they are.

It's no 12 years a slave, but it paints just as Grim of a tale without the happy ending.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 12 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Recently Viewed