Carrie boards the train to Chicago with big ambitions. She gets a job stitching shoes and her sister's husband takes almost all of her pay for room and board. Then she injures a finger and ... See full summary »
A gloomy vision of the possibility of decent relations between whites and blacks anywhere, including the South. Undertaker L.B. Jones, the richest black man in his county of Tennessee, is divorcing his wife for infidelity with a white policeman. Taking a stand against racism, he is greeted with a hostile bunch of Southern bigots and other various stereotypes. Written by Stirling Silliphant (In the Heat of the Night (1967)). Director William Wyler's final film.Written by
Terrible bit of blaxploitation based on troubling book.
It should be noted that the author of the book this movie was based on, Jesse Hill Ford, shot a 19 yr old black soldier a year after this film was made. Ford claim the black man, George Doakes was threatening Ford's son. It should also be noted that Ford claimed that the woman parked in the car with the black soldier was a relative of the black woman that Ford based the slutty, cheating black wife in The Liberation......on. Bizarre coincidence? Unlikely. The author was a strange ,contradictory white southern man who wrote and equally odd and twisted book. The book won awards from the elite in the north and in New York/LA- but both black and white southerners hated it. The movie was doomed to be loved by those who were clueless to the reality of this era , but excited by the sorted racial takes and easy stereotyping. After the boom and the movie, I mam struck by the gross, racist stereotyping of black women (old and pathetic or young and whorey). Like today's Quentin Tarantino films, old blaxploitation film like The Liberation .....were about romanticizing and making black men seem more noble and fiercely strong than in real life. White men are evil, perverted Buffoon's, and black women are wenches . Lola Falana seems to only be there to prove both black and white men right in their assessment and spurning of black women. Nothing about the black women in the book or movie was real or even thought out. They were props moving the plot. Too bad that people looking for information and answers about race in America will look to this and other blaxploitation films for edification and truth.
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