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Cane River (1982)

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The romance between two African Americans who come from a different class background.

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Horace Jenkins

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Horace Jenkins
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Credited cast:
Tommye Myrick Tommye Myrick ... Maria Mathis
Richard Romain Richard Romain ... Peter Metoyer
Carol Sutton ... Ms. Mathis
Barbara Tasker Barbara Tasker
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Written, produced, and directed by the late Emmy Award-winning Horace B. Jenkins, financed by New Orleans' Rhodes family, and crafted by an entirely African American cast and crew - CANE RIVER is a historically informed love story set in Louisiana's Natchitoches Parish, a "free community of color." Aspiring writer and hopeless romantic Peter - former athlete and scion of an elite Creole family - returns to his hometown and immediately falls for a breathtaking historical tour guide, Maria. Maria's disenfranchised, darker-skinned family disapprove of Peter's family and condemn their burgeoning romance while highlighting the painful legacy of colorism in their tightly-knit community. The lovers must work through Peter's contentious family legacy as privileged, former slave-owning, light-skinned Creoles if they want their romance to survive. This intriguing, visionary film nearly slipped into oblivion after Jenkins' untimely death following the film's premiere - depriving the cast and ... Written by Mae Moreno

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Film director Horace Jenkins's son, Sacha Jenkins, was interviewed on The Takeaway to discuss the impact of the movie on his own life and career. The interview also included Rhea Combs, the curator of film and photography at the National Museum of African American History. See more »

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Well-meaning, if bland, movie of Americana
5 February 2020 | by lor_See all my reviews

A lost film finally receiving release almost four decades after completion, "Cane River" offers a dfferent story of Afro-American romance, dealing with an unusual clash of cultures.

Instead of misceganation, this is a story of a romance between a Black girl and a Creole hero, latter a football star who gives up the prospect of a pro ball career to instead focus on his plan to become a writer and poet.

Rural setting, plus a colorful trip to New Orleans where the heroine is matriculating to college, is enhanced by lovely photography in a bucolic mode, also useful to setting up the historical background to the story. Acting by a cast of unknowns is strident at times, but manages to conjure up interesting characters, though the plot and action is way too laidback to hold the interest of most 21st century audiences.

Earnest is the best adjective to describe this picture, representative of the early years of the now-familiar modern Independent Film movement, and while hardly compelling it is of historical note.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 2020 (USA) See more »

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New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$27,317

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,317
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