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Sounder (24-Sep-1972)

Director: Martin Ritt

Writer: Lonne Elder III

From novel by: William H. Armstrong

Music Composed and Performed by: Taj Mahal

Producer: Robert B. Radnitz

Keywords: Drama, Coming of Age

The father of a black sharecropping family in 1930s Louisiana receives a one-year sentence to work camp after stealing a hog to survive; authorities stymie them by disallowing visits and keeping his location a secret. The eldest son sets off to locate his father. The title refers to the family dog, but this is no dog film. Received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adaptation.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
James Best
26-Jul-1926   Roscoe P. Coltrane on Dukes
Kevin Hooks
Film Director
19-Sep-1958   Passenger 57
Cicely Tyson
19-Dec-1933   Sounder
Paul Winfield
22-May-1941 7-Mar-2004 Jim in the 1974 Huckleberry Finn


Cicely Tyson   ...   Rebecca
Paul Winfield   ...   Nathan Lee
Kevin Hooks   ...   David Lee
Carmen Mathews   ...   Mrs. Boatwright
Taj Mahal   ...   Ike
James Best   ...   Sheriff Young
Eric Hooks   ...   Earl
Yvonne Jarrell   ...   Josie Mae
Sylvia "Kuumba" Williams   ...   Harriet
Janet MacLachlan   ...   Camille
Ted Airhart   ...   Mr. Perkins
Richard Durham   ...   Perkins' Foreman
Wendell Brumfield   ...   Deputy #1
Al Bankston   ...   Deputy #2
Myrle Sharkey   ...   Teacher
Inez Durham   ...   Court Clerk
Judge William Thomas Bennett   ...   Judge
Rev. Thomas N. Phillips   ...   Pastor
Carl Braser   ...   Wagon Driver
Jerry Leggio, Jr.   ...   Guard #1
Pete Goff   ...   Guard #2
Walter L. Chaney   ...   Guard #3
Roy Idom   ...   Guard #4
Randy Wilson   ...   Convict #1
Isaac Greggs   ...   Convict #2
Jackie Spears   ...   Girl #1
Porter Mathews   ...   Boy #1
Timothy Smith   ...   Boy #2
Spencer Bradford   ...   Clarence


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