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Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 21 May 1975 (USA)
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A 12-year-old is traumatised by the murder of his friend, a star basketball player.

Director:

Joseph Manduke

Writers:

Ronald Fair (novel), Leonard Lamensdorf
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Moses Gunn ... Benjamin Blackwell
Rosalind Cash ... Sarah Robinson
Bernie Casey ... Officer Larry Atkins
Madge Sinclair ... Leona Hamilton
Jamaal Wilkes ... Nathaniel 'Cornbread' Hamilton (as Keith Wilkes)
Stefan Gierasch ... Sgt. Danaher
Charles Lampkin ... Fred Jenkins
Vince Martorano ... Officer John Golich
Logan Ramsey ... Deputy Coroner
Thalmus Rasulala ... Charlie
Antonio Fargas ... One-Eye
Laurence Fishburne ... Wilford Robinson (as Laurence Fishburne III)
Stack Pierce Stack Pierce ... Sam Hamilton
Tierre Turner ... Earl Carter
Bill Henderson ... Watkins
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Storyline

Nathaniel "Cornbread" Hamilton was the black urban dream and a hero to youngsters Wilford Robinson and Earl Carter. Shortly before he would have become the first man from his community to go to college, he demonstrates his scholarship-winning running ability to his friends and admirers in the neighborhood. At the same time, the police are on a manhunt for an armed rapist. They mistake Cornbread for the rapist and shoot him dead in the street. In the aftermath of the community's shattered dream, and in the face of an intimidating police cover-up, Wilford is determined not to betray the memory of his hero. Written by SamBlob

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Hold it high and let it fly, was his motto ... but if you cut him, you cut yourself some big trouble! See more »

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Drama | Sport

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Laurence Fishburne's film debut. He is credited as Laurence Fishburne III. See more »

Quotes

Wilford Robinson: ...they killed Cornbread and he wasn't doin nothin
[pause]
Wilford Robinson: all he was doin wuz jus goin' home...
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Referenced in Dolemite Is My Name (2019) See more »

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Wilford's Gone
Written by Donald Byrd
Performed by Donald Byrd with The Blackbyrds
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a sharply mixed bag
13 December 2001 | by hotnoodletunaSee all my reviews

The film does have a moderately intriguing mesage about polkice brutality and political corruption being obscenely hoisted upon African American communities in the urban United States. That said, the film is horribly dated, and elements of it are unnacceptable by today's standards. I mean the slain icon's name is Cornbread for Pete's sake!!! Where wre his cohorts Fried Chicken and Watermelon? Moreover, the societal corruption is presented in a way that makes us feel sad and powerless rather than angry and indignant. This is really a product of the early seventies Blaxploitation genre that would be utterly offensive by today's standards were it not for the still relevant and timely subject matter of the film. Worthwhile viewing for those who can differentiate between the message and the overdone elements. I fear, however, that the film's excess could leave white biggots laughing at the maudlin African American stereotypes on parade rather than addressing the political concerns of the film at all.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hit the Open Man See more »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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