Sounder Movie Review 1972

Information and Film Reviews for Sounder the Movie

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The struggles of a family of black sharecroppers in rural Louisiana during the Depression. When the father is sentenced to jail for stealing in order to feed his family, they must pull together even more, and one son finds education to be his way out of poverty. Tyson brings strength and style to her role, with fine help from Winfield. Moving and well made, with little sentimentality and superb acting from a great cast. Adapted from the novel by William Armstrong.


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Available on VHS
Running time 105 minutes.

Cast and Crew

African America, Farm Livin', Coming of Age, Great Depression, American South, Homeless, Louisiana, 4 Bones
Lonnie Elder
Paul Winfield, Cicely Tyson, Kevin Hooks, Taj Mahal, Carmen Mathews, James Best, Janet MacLachlan
John A. Alonzo
Martin Ritt
Taj Mahal
20th Century-Fox


Natl. Bd. of Review 1972: Actress (Tyson); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1972: Actress (Tyson).

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