Band of Angels

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Overview

Based on a novel by Robert Penn Warren, this Southern potboiler stars Yvonne DeCarlo as Amantha Starr, the daughter of a wealthy Louisiana plantation owner. When her father unexpectedly dies, Amantha discovers that her father was deep in debt and the family is penniless, and she is forced to drop out of the exclusive girls' school she was attending. What's more, it is discovered that Amantha has a small amount of African-American blood, and under the laws she is to be sold into slavery in New Orleans. Amantha is ...
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Overview

Based on a novel by Robert Penn Warren, this Southern potboiler stars Yvonne DeCarlo as Amantha Starr, the daughter of a wealthy Louisiana plantation owner. When her father unexpectedly dies, Amantha discovers that her father was deep in debt and the family is penniless, and she is forced to drop out of the exclusive girls' school she was attending. What's more, it is discovered that Amantha has a small amount of African-American blood, and under the laws she is to be sold into slavery in New Orleans. Amantha is purchased by Hamish Bond Clark Gable, a dashing, wealthy, but mysterious landowner. While Amantha is at first terrified by her new situation, in time she grows fond of Hamish and becomes romantically involved with him. However, the outbreak of the Civil War leads to Union forces taking New Orleans; RauRu Sidney Poitier, Hamish's trusted overseer, joins the Northern forces as the Rebels go down in defeat. RauRu hates Amantha for literally sleeping with the enemy, and Hamish for the corrupt system he represents, but his last remaining threads of loyalty prevent him from taking them prisoner. With his crops destroyed, Hamish must rebuild his empire from the ground up, and, as he joins forces with his former associate Capt. Canavan Torin Thatcher, he must reveal a shameful secret to Amantha: he once earned his living as a slave trader.
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Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Fran├žais; Subtitles: English (feature film only)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
A toned-down version of Robert Penn Warren's accusatory novel of plantation slavery, miscegenation, and black empowerment, Band of Angels nonetheless generated significant controversy upon its release. In the hands of studio veteran Raoul Walsh, the story is more a costume melodrama than a socio-political treatise. Fortunately, it's a well-mounted historical melodrama, with Lucien Ballard's cinematography aptly showcasing Franz Bachelin's set design and Marjorie Best's lavish costuming. Taboos of the time did not allow for mixed-race kissing, so white actress Yvonne de Carlo was cast as the slave lover opposite Clark Gable's plantation master. There was no compromise, though, in the casting of Sidney Poitier as the rebellious slave who turns the tables on Gable. Poitier is outstanding; his performance is the strongest link to the book's explosive social commentary.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/30/2007
  • UPC: 085391111993
  • Original Release: 1957
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:07:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 358

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clark Gable Hamish Bond
Yvonne de Carlo Amantha Starr
Sidney Poitier RauRu
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Ethan Sears
Patric Knowles Charles de Marigny
Carolle Drake Michele
Rex Reason Seth Parton
Torin Thatcher Capt. Canavan
Andrea King Miss Idell
Ray Teal Mr. Calloway
Russ Evans Jimmee
Raymond Bailey Stuart
Tommie Moore Dollie
William Forrest Aaron Starr
Noreen Corcoran Young Manty Starr
Roy Barcroft Gillespie, the Overseer
Larry Blake Town Crier
Marshall Bradford Gen. Butler
Zelda Cleaver Sukie
Ann Doran
William Fawcett
Carl Harbaugh
Jean Harvey
Jim Hayward Sheriff
Charles Heard Helper
Charles Horvath
Paul McGuire
Ewing Mitchell
Juanita Moore Budge
Riza Royce Mrs. Hopewell
William Schallert
Martin Smith
Walter Smith
Ann Staunton
Bob Steele
Dan White
Guy Wilkerson Minister
J. Williams Runaway Slave
Morgan Shaan
Milas Clark
Technical Credits
Raoul Walsh Director
Franz Bachelin Art Director
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
Marjorie Best Costumes/Costume Designer
Folmar Blangsted Editor
Ivan Goff Screenwriter
Ben Roberts Screenwriter
Max Steiner Score Composer
John Twist Screenwriter
Derek N. Twist Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Band of Angels
1. Credits [1:30]
2. What Are Little Girls Made Of? [4:50]
3. Seminary for Young Ladies [4:38]
4. Chattel of Starwood [6:09]
5. End of Her Rope [8:05]
6. Sold at Auction [3:56]
7. Worse Than a Cell [3:25]
8. Invitation to Dine [3:36]
9. Rau-Ru's Report [3:45]
10. Current and Future Kings [3:07]
11. At Mamselle's Service [4:18]
12. Capt. Canavan Blows In [5:49]
13. Assumed Identity [3:22]
14. Plantation Arrival [5:57]
15. Charles' Challenge [4:49]
16. Coming to Blows [5:29]
17. Facing Down a Coward [4:02]
18. Burning Out a Life [2:47]
19. Capt. Strikedown [4:22]
20. Tasting Freedom [5:43]
21. Master and Fugitive [3:14]
22. Ethan Sears [5:27]
23. Seth's Blackmail [5:17]
24. In the Master's Chair [4:55]
25. Rescue Tale [5:34]
26. White Man's Bargain [6:29]
27. All of Us Free [4:07]
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Disc #1 -- Band of Angels
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2003

    True Drama

    Only Clark Gable can make a movie that touches like this one. I think this movie rates up there with Gone With the Wind

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