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Honky (1971)

Sheila, an affluent black teenager, begins dating working class white teen Wayne, and asks him for help to sell a kilo of marijuana.

Director:

William A. Graham

Writers:

Will Chaney (screenplay), Gunard Solberg (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Sykes ... Sheila Smith
John Neilson ... Wayne 'Honky' Divine
Maia Danziger ... Sharon
Lincoln Kilpatrick ... Fabulous Traveling Shoes
John Lasell John Lasell ... Archer Divine
William Marshall ... Dr. Craig Smith
John Fiedler
Elliott Street
Matt Clark
Ivor Francis
Marion Ross ... Mrs. Divine
Paul Sorensen Paul Sorensen ... (as Paul Sorenson)
Tony Colti
Jeff Nauser Jeff Nauser
Amentha Dymally Amentha Dymally ... Mrs. Smith
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Sheila, an affluent black teenager, begins dating working class white teen Wayne, and asks him for help to sell a kilo of marijuana.

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A love story...of hate

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Connections

Featured in 42nd Street Forever: Blu-ray Edition (2012) See more »

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Lyrics by Bradford Craig
Music by Quincy Jones
Sung by Carlton Dinnall
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Middling "checkerboard love" drama...a film of its time.
5 April 2004 | by EyeAskanceSee all my reviews

In a more enlightened age when interracial relationships are widely accepted, films like HONKY are pretty much abandoned by relevance and exist primarily as a time capsule. This is, nonetheless, a fairly decent 20th century American love story wherein the all-American blond-haired white boy finds himself quite happy in the loving arms of a spirited young ebony goddess. Predictable tensions ensue, and culminate in a surprisingly bitter resolve.

Being that this film was made in a time of social tumult and radical change in America, it probably had a fair amount of appeal to younger audiences(there is quite a bit of a "flower child" element here...in one scene, a boy on a bridge pelts swimming ducks with rocks. Our leading lady touches him softly, saying "you'd better learn how to love, boy-child". We then see him tossing picked flowers into the water- LOL!)

This is not at all a "blaxploitation" item, as its title and time-period might lead some to believe. Still, HONKY is a fairly worthy low-budget romance/drama, and though it is(or at least...*was*) a rather exploitive picture, it approaches its subject matter with at least some degree of sensitivity and purpose.

4.5/10...see also the largely neglected but groundbreaking 60s picture "ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO" which demonstrates a far more proficient handling of similar issues.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sheila See more »

Filming Locations:

Kansas City, Missouri, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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