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Mister Johnson (1990)

PG-13 | | Drama | April 1991 (USA)
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In 1923 British Colonial Nigeria, Mister Johnson is an oddity, an educated black man who doesn't really fit in with the natives, nor the British. He works for the local British magistrate, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maynard Eziashi ... Mister Johnson
... Harry Rudbeck
... Sargy Gollup
... Celia Rudbeck
... Bulteen
Nick Reding ... Tring
Bella Enahoro ... Bamu
Femi Fatoba ... Waziri
... Benjamin
Hubert Ogunde ... Brimah (as Chief Hubert Ogunde)
Sola Adeyemi ... Ajali
Jerry Linus ... Saleh
George Menta ... Emil
... Aliu
Tunde Kelani ... Jamesu
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In 1923 British Colonial Nigeria, Mister Johnson is an oddity, an educated black man who doesn't really fit in with the natives, nor the British. He works for the local British magistrate, and considers himself English, though he has never been to England. He is always scheming, trying to get ahead, which lands him in a lot of hot water. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Africa 1923: A clash of cultures between British imperalists and a black man too smart for his own good.

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Gospodin Johnson  »

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$1,464,242
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The film was released thirty-four years after the stage play of the same name by Norman Rosten had been performed. The theatrical production was based on the novel, on which this film is based. The play opened on Broadway on March 29, 1956, and ran for forty-four performances until May 5, 1956, when it closed. The play's setting as listed in its introduction states: "The 'landscape' of the town of Fada, in Nigeria, British West Africa." See more »

Quotes

Celia Rudbeck: Perhaps you could clean your teeth tonight having taken the pipe out of your mouth - that would be a change.
Harry Rudbeck: I'm sorry, Celia.
Celia Rudbeck: Sorry about what?
Harry Rudbeck: I'm sorry about all of this.
Celia Rudbeck: Are you? You don't do anything about it.
Harry Rudbeck: Do? Well, what can I do? I'm in bloody West Africa. In the bloody bush. This isn't Mayfair, you know!
Celia Rudbeck: You don't have to tell me that. What about that horrible peanut soup? Peanut soup! Any idiot can make vegetable soup - even in bloody West Africa.
Harry Rudbeck: Why don't you tell Jamesu what you ...
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Dedicated to Chief Hubert A. Ogunde (1915 - 1990) See more »


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Stack O'Lee Blues
Written by Ray Lopez
performed by Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians (as Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians )
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Mister Johnson
2 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Poignant exploration and depiction of a person with dreams and aspirations. Not your typical film. Based on novel by Joyce Cary (very good novel) and pretty much sticking to the book's plot etc., this story should touch your feelings fairly deeply and perhaps make you think about the illusions (delusions) and impossibilities that drench many people's lives. Beresford (Driving Miss daisy, Breaker Morant) directs tautly and beautifully. Watching this film should make you a wiser, deeper person--don't miss it. (will probably have to buy copy from Amazon or ebay or perhaps from netflix.) Set in Africa, colonial theme is important. Moreover, racial dimension (protagonist is black) makes the story edge towards the politically incorrect. The hero's skin color is significant, but he is not a victim of racism--at least not in liberal's knee-jerk way.


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