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Sounder (1972)

Director: Martin Ritt     Starring: Cicely Tyson
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Format: DVD
Sku: 208930783
UPC: 741952658795
UPC 14: 00741952658795
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
An extremely powerful and uplifting story about a family of black sharecroppers, the Morgans, set in rural Louisiana during the early 1930s, Martin Ritt's SOUNDER is so simple and effective that it evokes an emotional response from viewers of all ages. Even so, SOUNDER is not a children's film by any means; it treats serious, adult issues, and features some of the most deeply felt performances and mature relationships ever captured on film. SOUNDER's title comes from the name of the Morgan family dog that young David Lee Morgan takes with him while hunting with his father, Nathan. Unfortunately, times are so hard for the Morgans that when Nathan tries to steal a ham for his family, he is caught and sent to a labor camp. David, now the man of the house, sets out on a journey to find the camp where his father was sent. On his way, he comes across an all-black school where he enrolls, learning empowering lessons about black achievement in America. Based on the Newberry Award winning novel by William H. Armstrong, SOUNDER not only improves on its source material, but it is also one of the rare films about the black experience that moves people of all races.


Video Features DVD, English, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Koch International
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/25/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 105 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1972
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 6587
Video UPC UPC: 00741952658795
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Yvonne Jarrell
Video Cast Info Carmen Mathews
Video Cast Info Paul Winfield
Video Cast Info Cicely Tyson
Video Cast Info James Best
Video Cast Info Janet MacLachlan
Video Cast Info Taj Mahal
Video Cast Info Kevin Hooks
Video Cast Info John A. Alonzo - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Robert B. Radnitz - Producer
Video Cast Info Walter Scott Herndon - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Lonne Elder III - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Taj Mahal - Composer
Video Cast Info Sidney Levin - Editor
Video Cast Info Nedra Watt - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Martin Ritt - Director
Plot Summary
William H. Armstrong's poetic novel comes alive in this acclaimed screen adaptation. During the Depression, a black sharecropper family struggles to make a subsistence living for themselves. Adversity turns into tragedy when the father is incarcerated for stealing food for his family. Now David, the eldest son, must fill his father's shoes. It's a tall order for such a little boy. But it won't be easy for any of them now that they're facing abject poverty, endless hunger and long term separation.

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"Working from a screenplay by the African-American playwright Lonne Elder III, Ritt builds an affecting portrait of a black sharecropper and his family as they struggle to survive the early years of the Great Depression." 11/24/2008

Product Attributes

Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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