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Addio zio Tom (1971)

Unrated | | Drama | 30 September 1971 (Italy)
Two documentary filmmakers go back in time to the pre-Civil War American South, to film the slave trade.
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Two documentary filmmakers go back in time to the pre-Civil War American South, to film the slave trade.

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Taglines:

Beasts of Burden! Tools of Pleasure! Objects of Torture! See more »

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Drama

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Country:

Italy

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Italian | English

Release Date:

30 September 1971 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

White Devil: Black Hell See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »

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| (Québec)

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Mono

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was originally released in Italy in a 119-minute version and immediately withdrawn when the directors were sued for plagiarism by writer Joseph Chamberlain Furnas. It was re-released in March 1972 in a re-cut 136-minute version under the title 'Zio Tom.' See more »

Crazy Credits

'Questo film è un documentario. I fatti sono storicamente avvenuti ed i personaggi sono realmente esistiti.' Which translates to: 'This film is a documentary. The facts historically happened and the persons really existed.' See more »

Alternate Versions

The 135-minute version (available only in Italian) now available on DVD is very different from the American version. It has 14 mins of new footage, including a new introduction which shows the reaction of African Americans to the death of Martin Luther King Jr. The new film is edited so that the timeline also continually shifts back and forth from the past to the present. Also much of the most disturbing footage was cut out. See more »

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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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powerful, sometimes shocking
23 January 2006 | by tbyrne4See all my reviews

Not exactly a "humanitarian masterpiece" as someone else said (yeah right!). More like cryptic super-exploitation. This is wildly, hilariously, rollickingly misguided pseudo-history at best. Outright race-baiting at worst. Made by the sleazoids who barfed up "Africa Addios" (giving Africans their own country back so soon just wasn't the right idea, was it!!), a film that featured the genuinely bizarre white South African girls on trampolines montage. A fervent call-to-arms for African-Americans made by white Europeans must inherently ring false, I am afraid. (we enslaved you. kill us!) Manages to be both numbing and completely, hideously insulting at the same time.

The film is, under its very "SO racist it isn't being racist" exterior a sly work of racism. Presents blacks as nothing more than animals and savages, capable only of violence or submission to the will of whites. All the while remaining mute and mindless. No African-American in the film is presented as having a personality, substance, or intelligence. Every white all but glows. Every caucasian is a verbose, mercurial, immaculate sprite.

That said, the film does (I would assume) approximate the way Africans were treated during the slave era more closely than other films. In that respect it deserves respect. The conditions are shown as filthy, disgusting, cruel. Every imaginable indignity is portrayed (and some you probably could not imagine).

However, the film does have some power. The camera work is very inventive and the directors handle some of the chaotic scenes around the plantation very well. Some of the imagery is genuinely striking. There's a general feeling of chaos that comes through that's very effective. I'm not sure what the point is. But it's effective.

Anyway, see the movie if you really want to be grossed out and insulted. File this one under SUPER exploitation. The directors may have had good intentions when they started out, but I think they just lost it when they got onto the set and decided to see how far out they could go. And no one, it seemed, was around to tell them to tone it down or put on the breaks. This is up there with Cannibal Holocaust and Men Behind the Sun. It's that sort of a deal.

But don't kid yourselves, this AIN'T no humanitarian masterpiece.


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