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Something of Value
     

Something of Value

Director: Richard Brooks,

Cast: Richard Brooks, Rock Hudson, Dana Wynter, Wendy Hiller

 

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The literalism of writer-director Richard Brooks serves him well in this meticulously faithful adaptation of the Robert Ruark novel Something of Value. Filmed on location in Africa, this is the story of the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya, as seen through the eyes of a handful of protagonists. Virtually alone in a sea of racist British colonialism, gentleman farmer

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The literalism of writer-director Richard Brooks serves him well in this meticulously faithful adaptation of the Robert Ruark novel Something of Value. Filmed on location in Africa, this is the story of the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya, as seen through the eyes of a handful of protagonists. Virtually alone in a sea of racist British colonialism, gentleman farmer Peter McKenzie (Rock Hudson) strives to understand the demands of freedom and equality made by Kenya's black population in particular and his childhood friend Kimani (Sidney Poitier) in particular. Ultimately, however, McKenzie and Kimani find themselves on opposite sides of the fence when the latter aligns himself with the Mau Mau. Without advocating the terrorism of this controversial movement, the screenplay is careful to deal the ongoing iniquities and frustrations that forced men like Kimani to take arms against their white brethren. There were a few theatres in the American south who, feeling that the racial tensions inherent in Something of Value hit too close to home, refused to book this fascinating, thought-provoking, often startlingly brutal film.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Something of Value is an earnest, well-meaning film that, while not lacking in power, ultimately emerges as only half successful. The fimmakers should be lauded for tackling a difficult issue and trying to explore the viewpoints of all sides without (in most cases) resorting to clichés and stereotypical caricatures. Unfortunately, this doesn't extend to the lead white character (played by Rock Hudson). The character as written is not as fully fleshed out as others in the cast (notably that of Sidney Poitier), and he becomes the "noble white man" mouthpiece. For that matter, Poitier has to be the "noble black man" mouthpiece, but there are more shadings to his character, and Poitier's superior acting skills help to make up for deficiencies in the writing. Hudson's work is not bad, but the role requires a performance that is galvanizing and capable of anchoring the film, and this Hudson does not supply that. Fortunately, the rest of the cast ranges from very good to exceptional, and while the film as a whole just misses the mark, there are many memorable and potent moments.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/06/2016
UPC:
0888574454036
Original Release:
1957
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:54:00
Sales rank:
9,396

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rock Hudson Peter McKenzie
Dana Wynter Holly Keith
Wendy Hiller Elizabeth
Sidney Poitier Kimani
Juano Hernandez Njogu
Robert Beatty Jeff Newton
Walter Fitzgerald Henry McKenzie
Michael Pate Joe Matson
Ivan Dixon Lathela
Ken Renard Karanja
Samadu Jackson Witch Doctor
Frederick O'Neal Adam Marenga
Robert Anderson Mr. Barker the Client
Barry Bernard Superintendent
Naaman Brown Hand Clerk
Leslie Denison Crown Consul
Kim Hamilton Kipi's Wife
Ike Jones Askari
Bruce Lister Doctor
Lester Matthews Game Warden
Paulene Myers Kikuyu Woman
Ottola Nesmith Nurse
Duncan Richardson Little Jeff
Morgan Roberts Chief Hings
Sul Te Wan Midwife
Paul Thompson Kipi
Carl Christian Cook
Wesley Bly Night Clerk
William Marshall Leader

Technical Credits
Richard Brooks Director,Screenwriter
Robert R. Benton Set Decoration/Design
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Edward C. Carfagno Art Director
Joel Freeman Asst. Director
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Russell Harlan Cinematographer
William Horning Art Director
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Ferris Webster Editor
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Something of Value
1. Chapter 1 [10:01]
2. Chapter 2 [10:28]
3. Chapter 3 [9:33]
4. Chapter 4 [10:06]
5. Chapter 5 [10:10]
6. Chapter 6 [6:32]
7. Chapter 7 [3:04]
8. Chapter 8 [10:13]
9. Chapter 9 [10:05]
10. Chapter 10 [10:21]
11. Chapter 11 [9:53]
12. Chapter 12 [9:28]
13. Chapter 13 [3:23]

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