Sounder

Sounder

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Director: Martin Ritt

Cast: Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Kevin Hooks

     
 

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Martin Ritt's big-screen adaptation of William H. Armstrong's Newberry Award winning novel, Sounder stars Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, and Kevin Hooks as a black family struggling through life in depression-era Louisiana. The Morgan family is poor, but close. Young son David (Hooks) enjoys hunting with his father Nathan (Paul Winfield) and his trusted dogSee more details below

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Martin Ritt's big-screen adaptation of William H. Armstrong's Newberry Award winning novel, Sounder stars Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, and Kevin Hooks as a black family struggling through life in depression-era Louisiana. The Morgan family is poor, but close. Young son David (Hooks) enjoys hunting with his father Nathan (Paul Winfield) and his trusted dog Sounder. Eventually, they fall on such rough times that Nathan steals a loaf of bread to feed his family, but he is arrested and sentenced to a work camp. Mother Rebecca (Tyson) realizes that David is now responsible for taking care of the family. He sets out to locate where his father is being held, and becomes involved in a school for black children where he learns facts that give him a new level of self-esteem. Sounder was nominated for a variety of Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Director Martin Ritt -- who was blacklisted in the 1950s for his association with the Communist Party -- specializes in intimate, earthy southern dramas (Murphy's Romance, Norma Rae, Hud), and Sounder is one of his best works. Taj Mahal's sparse blues score combines with John A. Alonzo's stirring cinematography to create the movie's palpable sense of mood and setting (shot on location in Louisiana). Despite the incessantly arrogant prejudice of most of the film's white characters, the family's solidarity in the face of intimidating odds -- poverty, racism, injustice -- gives the movie a humanistic, optimistic center. The message that familial support, education, and inter-racial familiarity will provide the means to escape from oppression clearly struck a chord with early-1970s audiences. Three excellent performances infuse the film with great heart and believability: Cicely Tyson as the family matriarch, Paul Winfield as the imprisoned father, and Kevin Hooks as the elder son who is encouraged to dream of escape. Sounder was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay (Lonne Elder III), Actor (Winfield) and Actress (Tyson).

Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2008
UPC:
0741952658795
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
G
Source:
Koch Vision
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
26,018

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cicely Tyson Rebecca Morgan
Paul Winfield Nathan Lee Morgan
Kevin Hooks David Lee Morgan
Carmen Mathews Mrs. Boatwright
Taj Mahal Ike
Janet MacLachlan Camille Johnson
Ted Airhart Mr. Perkins
William T. Bennett Judge
Carmen Best Actor
James Best Sheriff Young
Yvonne Jarrell Josie Mae Morgan
Eric Hooks Earl Morgan
Inez Durham Clerk
Spencer Bradford Clarence
Sylvia "Kuumba" Williams Harriet
Thomas N. Phillips Preacher
Myrl Sharkey Mrs. Clay

Technical Credits
Martin Ritt Director
John A. Alonzo Cinematographer
Lonne Elder Screenwriter
Walter Scott Herndon Production Designer
Sid Levin Editor
Taj Mahal Score Composer,Songwriter
Tom Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Robert B. Radnitz Producer
Charles C. Washburn Asst. Director
Nedra Watt Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter W. Wooley Production Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sounder
1. Sounder [6:08]
2. Louisiana 1933 [6:05]
3. Cookin in the Kitchen [7:24]
4. Winning Game [5:35]
5. Arrested [11:09]
6. Guilty [4:33]
7. The Visit [10:17]
8. Mrs. Boatwright [8:59]
9. The Search [11:55]
10. Books [8:01]
11. Homecoming [17:23]
12. Father and Son [5:51]
13. End Credits [1:54]

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