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In 1940s Chicago, a young black man takes a job as a chauffeur to a white family, which takes a turn for the worse when he accidentally kills the teenage daughter of the couple and then... See more »

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Bigger Thomas
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Jan
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Mary Dalton
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Peggy
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Mrs. Thomas
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Bessie
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Mrs. Dalton
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Mr. Dalton
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Doc
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Max
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Gus
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Buckley
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Jack
Walter Rivers ...
G.H.
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Buddy
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Britton
Richard Wesley ...
Bartender
Adrienne Cook ...
Vera
Adriane Love ...
Bessie's Friend
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Judge
Avers Wexler ...
Assistant DA
Edna Phillios ...
Nun
Sarah Silver ...
Nun
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Reporter #1
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Reporter #2
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Reporter #3
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Reporter #4 (as Robert Alan Browns)
Jim Boyett ...
White Man #2
Arell Blanton ...
White Man #3
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White Man #4

Directed by

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Jerrold Freedman

Written by

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Richard Wesley ... ()
 
Richard Wright ... (novel)

Produced by

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Ruta K. Aras ... associate producer
Lindsay Law ... executive producer
Diane Silver ... producer

Music by

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James Mtume

Cinematography by

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Thomas Burstyn

Film Editing by

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Aaron Stell

Editorial Department

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Dennis Brookins ... negative cutter
Larry Engelmann ... color timer
Phillip Linson ... associate film editor (as Phillip A. Linson)
Christi Moore ... assistant film editor
Ron South ... assistant film editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Hank McCann

Production Design by

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Stephen Marsh

Set Decoration by

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Anne Kuljian

Costume Design by

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Hilary Cochran

Makeup Department

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Sandi Duncan ... makeup artist
Mr. Leonard ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Janet Davidson ... production manager
Joseph Silver ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Barbara Farkas ... dga trainee
Michael Katleman ... second assistant director
Allan F. Nicholls ... first assistant director
Rory Romero ... dga trainee
Linnea Ebba Wicklund ... second second assistant director: Chicago (as Linda Ebba Wickland)

Art Department

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Mary A. Brady ... set dresser: Chicago (as Mary Brady)
David B. Clark ... scenic artist (as David Clark)
Marilyn Crank ... scenic artist: Chicago
Kelly Deco ... scenic artist
Emily Erickson ... set dresser: Chicago
Michael Gastaldo ... set dresser
Will Gatlin ... swing person: Chicago (as William Gatlin)
Tim R. Lafferty ... carpenter (as Tim Lafferty)
Larry Lundy ... property assistant
Kim McDonald ... furnace fabricator
Leslie McDonald ... assistant art director
Robin L. Miller ... property master (as Robin Miller)
Joseph Minoque ... carpenter
Melinda Ritz ... set decorating coordinator (as Melinda Lauri Ritz)
Layne Robinson ... carpenter
Glenn Rubsamen ... furnace fabricator
Stephen Andrew Schwartz ... property assistant (as Stephen Schwartz)
Suzette Sheets ... lead man
Christi J. Vadnais ... scenic artist: Chicago

Sound Department

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Lynn Bygrave ... boom operator
Robert Gravenor ... production sound mixer
Don Isaacs ... sound editor (as Don V. Isaacs)
Dick Le Grand ... sound editor (as Dick Le Grande)
Don MacDougall ... re-recording mixer (as Don MacDougal)
Charles McCann ... sound editor (as Charles W. McCann)
Patrushkha Mierzwa ... production sound mixer
Steven Nevius ... boom operator (as Steve Nevius)
Hans Roland ... production sound mixer: Chicago
Richard Tyler ... re-recording mixer
Earl Watson ... adr editor
Cathie Speakman ... sound editor (uncredited)

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G. Lynn Maughan ... special effects (as G. Lynn Maghn)
W. Wayne Walser ... special effects (as Wayne Walser)

Stunts

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Len Glascow ... stunt coordinator
Randell Dennis Widner ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Thornton Bayliss ... key grip
Lawrence Bowie ... electrician
Fernando M. Briones ... dolly grip: Chicago (as Fernando Briones)
Roberto Contreras ... second assistant camera
Vito DePalma ... assistant camera: second unit (as Vito Louis De Palma)
Rachel A. Flores ... best boy grip (as Rachel Flores)
Rick Herrington ... best boy electric
Rowdy Herrington ... gaffer (as Rowdy L. Herrington)
Shelly Johnson ... additional photographer
Michael LaViolette ... electrician (as Michael Laviolette)
Michael McLellan ... dolly grip
Monty Rowan ... first assistant camera
Thomas E. Slocum ... electrician (as Thomas Slocum)
C. Stewart ... dolly grip: Chicago
Paolo Cascio ... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Reatha Grey ... extras casting
Barbara Harris ... voice casting
Marlene Silver ... extras casting: Chicago
James Spinks ... extras casting: Chicago (as Jimmy Spinks)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Joan Hunter ... costume assistant
Jeanne Mascia ... costume assistant (as M. Jean Mascia)
Nina Padovano ... key costumer
Elizabeth Passman ... costume designer: Chicago
Rosalie Wallace ... additional costumes
Susan Wallace ... costume assistant: Chicago

Location Management

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Lisa Blok-Linson ... location manager (as Lisa Blok)
Bill Higgins ... location manager: Chicago (as William Higgins)
Bob Hudgins ... location manager: Chicago (as Robert Hudgins)
Elizabeth G. Nall ... location manager: Chicago

Music Department

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Phillip Linson ... music editor
Dunn E. Pearson ... music editor (as Dunn Pearson)
Philip Field ... Musician (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Jeri Kelley ... transportation coordinator (as Jery Kelly)

Other crew

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Russell Alexander ... production assistant
Kathy Atkinson ... production assistant
Charles Bartlett ... adr loop group
Terrence Beasor ... adr loop group (as Terrence Easor)
John Beaver ... craft service
Henri Bollinger ... unit publicist
Brian W. Boyd ... production assistant (as Brian Boyd)
Mitch Carter ... adr loop group
Charles Chrietzberg ... production executive
Troy Curvey Jr. ... adr loop group (as Troy Curvey)
Michelle Davison ... adr loop group
Ramona De Pippo ... production accountant
Stephanie Denyer ... production assistant
Judi M. Durand ... adr loop group (as Judi Durand)
Ron Elkin ... production executive
Greg Finley ... adr loop group
Janet Fisher Buckley ... production coordinator
Sydney Gilner ... script supervisor
J.D. Hall ... adr loop group
Heather Howard ... production assistant
Vincent J. Isaac ... adr loop group (as Vince Isaac)
Harvey Jason ... adr loop group
Anthony Kinniebrew ... production assistant
Daamen J. Krall ... adr loop group (as Daamen Krall)
Barry Levin ... production executive
Toti Levin ... production coordinator
Mark Mamalakis ... craft service: Chicago
Joan Merlo ... production coordinator
Judy O'Brien ... unit publicist: Bauer-O'Brien Communications, Chicago
Jan Rabson ... adr loop group
Earl Silver ... production executive
Michael Sloan ... production executive
Steve Susskind ... adr loop group (as Steve Suskind)
Dennis Tufano ... adr loop group
Avers Wexler ... production executive
Angela Williams ... production assistant: Chicago
Sally Wolcott ... production assistant: Chicago
Jon Macht ... assistant to producer (uncredited)

Thanks

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John Barry ... special thanks
Miranda Barry ... special thanks
Sondra Blake ... special thanks
Randy Brooks ... special thanks
Jheryl Busby ... special thanks
Ira Deutchman ... special thanks
Egon Dummler ... special thanks
Lisa Gaiser ... special thanks
Alan L. Gansberg ... special thanks
Mark Harris ... special thanks
Amir Jacob Malin ... special thanks (as Amir Malin)
Sheldon Patinkin ... special thanks
Gunther Schiff ... special thanks
Marlene Silver ... special thanks
Verne Silver ... special thanks
Avers Wexler ... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Bigger Thomas, an African American who lives in an impoverished neighborhood, is employed by a prosperous white family who live in the suburbs of a major city. The money Bigger makes at his new job will be used to supplement his mother's income. As a chauffeur, he is directed by the father of the family to take Mary, the daughter, to the university. Instead, Mary decides to pick up her Socialist boyfriend, Jan, and to spend the time drinking and partying. Jan and Mary portray a young liberal couple who venture into a black neighborhood with Bigger for the sole purpose of being entertained at Ernie's, a black nightclub. On the way home, Mary becomes inebriated and Bigger must get her to her bedroom without being detected. Mary's mother, who is blind, enters the room and Bigger panics at the thought of being caught with a white woman. He accidentally kills Mary by placing a pillow over her head to keep her quiet. Still frightened, Bigger disposes of the body in the furnace, possibly because he feels he would not get a fair trial for the accidental death of a white woman. Meanwhile, Jan is wanted by the police for Mary's murder and Bigger plays a role in the accusations against him. Written by Broncine G. Carter

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Also Known As
  • Native Son - Im Namen der Gerechtigkeit (Germany)
  • El paria (Spain)
  • Amerikan poika (Finland)
  • Herança de Sangue (Brazil)
  • Katadikaste ton enoho (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 111 min
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Budget $2,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $141,863, 28 Dec 1986

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Trivia However, this movie has been released officially on VHS, it has yet to have an official DVD or Blu-ray release. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Morning After/Native Son/Brighton Beach Memoirs/Mother Teresa (1986). See more »
Soundtracks "Jones Come Down (Call Me, Call Me, Call Me) See more »
Quotes Gus: Ain't no use hiding it. That Bigger Thomas, he bad. Just bad!
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