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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.

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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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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 »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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 Black-ish: Christmas in Theater Eight (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Wilford's Gone
Written by Donald Byrd
Performed by Donald Byrd with The Blackbyrds
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Promising film hampered it's by music
5 March 2001 | by pazuzu-2See all my reviews

This is a rather well done film with great performances. Where it drops the ball is on the overdramatic music that sledgehammers the emotional tone of the more dramatic scenes.

It resists the temptation of villianizing all of the antagonists, especially the judge (which no doubt would've been portrayed as racist and corrupt in a similar film made today).

Bernie Casey (who I'll always think of as U.N Jefferson in Revenge Of The Nerds) is terrific and it's too bad I don't see him in too many films today.

Great 70's feel and the first appearance of Larry Fishburn makes this a film to check out.


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