Directed By: Martin Ritt Starring: Cicely Tyson

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Studio Koch International
SKU 208930783
UPC 741952658795
UPC 14 00741952658795
Format DVD
Release Date 11/25/2008
Rating Rating
Black History Month
Family Interaction
Tear Jerker
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
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
Martin Ritt
Cicely Tyson
Cast & Crew
Yvonne Jarrell - Star
Carmen Mathews - Star
Paul Winfield - Star
Cicely Tyson - Star
James Best - Star
Janet MacLachlan - Star
Taj Mahal - Star
Kevin Hooks - Star
John A. Alonzo - Director of Photography
Robert B. Radnitz - Producer
Walter Scott Herndon - Production Designer
Lonne Elder III - Screenwriter
Taj Mahal - Composer
Sidney Levin - Editor
Nedra Watt - Costume Designer
Martin Ritt - Director
Technical Info
Catalog ID 6587
UPC 00741952658795
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 105 minutes
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
DVD, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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