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Mark of the Hawk
     

The Mark of the Hawk

Director: Michael Audley, Gilbert Gunn

Cast: Eartha Kitt, Sidney Poitier

 

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Filmed on location in Africa, Mark of the Hawk stars Sidney Poitier as a London-educated African who returns to his homeland to take a political post. Poitier's brother Clinton Macklin is in charge of a rebel organization, determine to topple the white-dominated government. Poitier must choose between seeking out racial equality through peaceful means, or

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Filmed on location in Africa, Mark of the Hawk stars Sidney Poitier as a London-educated African who returns to his homeland to take a political post. Poitier's brother Clinton Macklin is in charge of a rebel organization, determine to topple the white-dominated government. Poitier must choose between seeking out racial equality through peaceful means, or casting his lot with Macklin: it is (at least in this film) a struggle of Right against Right. Eartha Kitt is top-billed, but her role is decidedly secondary to Poitier's. Released in Britain as Accused, Mark of the Hawk has been retitled Shaka Zulu on video, though it should not be confused with the 1985 TV miniseries of the same name.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Mark of the Hawk is an earnest and well-intentioned social issues drama that, from a modern perspective, is perhaps a bit more interesting as an example of racial issues in 1957 than as drama. Not that Mark is by any means a bad movie; it is, in fact, a movie that is quite involving and often affecting. It's simply that it has a tendency to slip into speechifying and "point making" rather than letting its message come through in a more subtle manner. It also should be said that its ending is a bit too much, and its oversimplification of complex sociopolitical issues will also bother some viewers. However, there is a great deal of heart and conviction in the movie, and these factors go a long way toward making a viewer willingly overlook the aforementioned flaws. It helps, of course, that Mark has the charismatic Sidney Poitier in its leading role. Poitier is mesmerizing, handling the sometimes swift character changes which the script demands with aplomb and making it seem natural for his character to behave in this way. He also knows how and when to underplay and how and when to go for the gold in his acting, and it's a treat to see him carry this movie. Also impressive is John McIntire in a pivotal role. Eartha Kitt, rather cast against type here, is good but not outstanding, and her singing, while most welcome, is rather shoehorned in to the film.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/2007
UPC:
0089218526090
Original Release:
1957
Source:
Alpha Video
Presentation:
[Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:24:00
Sales rank:
64,135

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eartha Kitt Renee
Sidney Poitier Oban
Juano Hernandez Amugu
John McIntire Craig
Helen Horton Barbara
Marne Maitland Sandar Lal
Gerard Heinz Governor General
Earl Cameron Prosecutor
Ewen Solon Inspector
Lockwood West Magistrate
Francis Matthews Overholt
Bill Nagy Fred
Harold Siddons 1st Officer
Frederick Treves 2nd Officer
Lionel Ngakane African Doctor
Andy Ho Chinese Officer
John A. Tinn Chinese Soldier
Mike Vickers Ben
Patrick Allen Gregory
David Groh Ming Too

Technical Credits
Michael Audley Director
Gilbert Gunn Director
Erwin Hillier Cinematographer
Edward B. Jarvis Editor
Louis Levy Musical Direction/Supervision
Mátyás Seiber Score Composer
Terence Verity Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Mark of the Hawk
2. Chapter 1 [12:47]
3. Chapter 2 [12:53]
4. Chapter 3 [12:30]
5. Chapter 4 [14:48]
6. Chapter 5 [12:59]
7. Chapter 6 [15:56]

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