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A Father for Charlie (1995)

Based on a true story. A poor black sharecropper strikes up an unlikely friendship with a hostile young white boy - but their budding friendship is threatened by a brutal red-neck sheriff.


Jeff Bleckner


H. Haden Yelin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Walter Osgood
Joseph Mazzello ... Charlie
James Greene James Greene ... Sam - the banker
Don Swayze ... Reuben Cantwell
David Hart ... Woodrow
William Lucking ... Argus
Jack Kehler
Mark Cabus
Patrick Labyorteaux ... Postmaster
William Fichtner ... Sheriff
Evan Rachel Wood ... Tessa
John Bellucci John Bellucci ... Brother Joe Fleetwood
Courtenay McWhitney Courtenay McWhitney ... Mrs. Watson
Chuck Butto Chuck Butto ... Ranse Mooney
Steve Whittaker ... Farmer


In a town ruled by racial prejudice, only a boy had the courage to take a stand. Oscar winner Louis Gossett, Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman) and Joseph Mazzello (Jurassic Park) head the cast of this compelling and intense drama. U.S., the 1930s. Walter Osgood is the only black man left in the town of High Lonesome. He's lost almost everything dear to him, including his wife and son. But no one in High Lonesome will speak out to defend Walter's rights when the town unites to drive him away from the community. Except for one person, a young boy named Charlie. Not only does Walter's extraordinary friendship with Charlie teach the boy the true meaning of love and courage, but it is also a dramatic flashpoint which forces the townspeople to confront their own cruel prejudices.

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An outcast man. An abandoned child. Together they must learn to trust to regain the one thing they both lost; a family.


Drama | Western


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Pretty darn good!
8 January 2007 | by Annie1992See all my reviews

90 minutes of perfection!! I watched this in my history class not too long ago (the whole class stayed in through break to see the end!!). I spent ages looking for it. It's about a black farmer who must cope with frequent racism from the locals. At the very beginning we learn of Walter's sad past. The neighbour's son, Charlie, has a bitter heart but throughout the story we see how he learns that not everything is as he is told (especially by his father, Reuben, played by Don Swayze). I absolutely recommend this classical film. Apart from an excellent cast (the cast includes Kris Kristofferson and Don Swayze, Patrick Swazyes' little bro!), it will captivate you and leave you asking for more. But have the tissues near, it's a bit of a tearjerker. :)

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1 January 1995 (USA) See more »

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High Lonesome See more »

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