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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

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 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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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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We're gonna lick the world! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

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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 »

Filming Locations:

Richmond, Virginia, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 Cry of the City Part 1: The Legend of Cornbread (2007) See more »

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Wilford's Gone
Written by Donald Byrd
Performed by Donald Byrd with The Blackbyrds
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Early Comment on Racial Profiling
18 December 2000 | by hillariSee all my reviews

A kid witnesses the shooting death of the neighborhood basketball star. The basketball player had been mistaken by the police as a crime suspect. The kid is subjected to harrassment from the policement involved to keep quiet about what he knows. The cops even go so far as to intimidate his mother. This is an early film appearance of Lawrence Fishburne's. He was thirteen or fourteen when he did this movie. The always magnificent late Rosalind Cash plays his mother. The film makes a sharp comment about the conflicts people have with the very people who are supposed to be protecting them.


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