A Gathering of Old Men

Overview

Gathering of Old Men was based on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines, who'd previously written The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Like Pittman, Gathering builds its narrative upon a tapestry of deep-bred racial intolerance in the South. When a bigoted white Louisiana tenant farmer is killed, black sharecropper Louis Gossett Jr. is the most likely suspect. Plantation manager Holly Hunter, fearing a lynching, rallies Gossett's friends to form a united front to ward off any vigilantes. Sheriff Richard Widmark ...
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Overview

Gathering of Old Men was based on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines, who'd previously written The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Like Pittman, Gathering builds its narrative upon a tapestry of deep-bred racial intolerance in the South. When a bigoted white Louisiana tenant farmer is killed, black sharecropper Louis Gossett Jr. is the most likely suspect. Plantation manager Holly Hunter, fearing a lynching, rallies Gossett's friends to form a united front to ward off any vigilantes. Sheriff Richard Widmark arrives to arrest Gossett, whereupon his old friends, in Spartacus fashion, all confess to the killing. Even threats of violent retaliation cannot dissuade these elderly black men from displaying their pride to the white powers-that-be. Adapted for television by Charles (A Soldier's Story) Fuller, it was first broadcast on May 10, 1987.
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Special Features

Digitally mastered; Interactive menus; Chapter selections
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2004
  • UPC: 096009181994
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Source: Platinum Disc
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 45,934

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Papa John Creach
Lenore Banks Miss Merle
Walter Breaux Charlie
Rosanna Carter Beulah
Stocker Fontelieu Fix
Holly Hunter Candy Marshall
Richard Widmark Sheriff Mapes
Louis Gossett Jr. Mathu
Julius Harris Coot
Tiger Haynes Booker
Will Patton Lou Dimes
Joe Seneca Clatoo
Al Shannon Luke
Adam Storke Gil
Woody Strode Yank
Technical Credits
Volker Schlöndorff Director
Ron Carter Score Composer
Charles Fuller Screenwriter
Edward Lachman Cinematographer
Jan Pascale Set Decoration/Design
Thomas A. Walsh Production Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Big Charlie [7:33]
2. Messenger Boy [8:01]
3. She Got Spunk [6:49]
4. Long Time Comin' [8:13]
5. 18 Of 'Em [10:27]
6. Livin' In The Past [3:21]
7. Mind Your Hands [8:38]
8. Shocking News [6:10]
9. Gil's Homecoming [7:42]
10. Stay Out Candy [8:02]
11. Tee Jack's Bar [7:00]
12. Face Off [9:09]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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   Chapters
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