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Sounder Movie Review Summary

Actors: Paul Winfield, Cicely Tyson, Kevin Hooks, Eric Hooks, Taj Mahal, Yvonne Jarrell, James Best

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Sounder is the story of a sharecropping family in rural Louisiana. It is the depression and times are especially difficult for Nathan Morgan (Winfield) and his family; wife Rebecca (Tyson), oldest son David Lee (K. Hooks), son Earl (E. Hooks), daughter Josie Mae (Jarrell), and hunting dog Sounder. The Morgans, like most poor blacks in the rural south were treated badly, with numerous slights, injuries, provocations, and prejudices administered by the local sheriff, prison guards, neighbors, their landowner, and others. Things become so desperate that Nathan must steal a ham from a neighbor to keep his family from starving. He is caught and put on a prison work gang.
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In the course of the film Sounder, a valued family pet, hunting dog, and companion, is hit by a shotgun blast cruelly fired by Sheriff Young (Best). Sounder runs off, it is believed, to its death. David sets out to find his father and happens upon a school for black children. He comes away with a strong message of personal integrity and pride, as well as books and an invitation to return and study. As the movie progresses, both Nathan and Sounder make tearfully triumphant returns to the family home.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Polit/Social/Race/Gender activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   racism! Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   American Black    -   American South Woman/class/friends story?    -   story of lower class

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   farmer Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black american

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm    -   lot of descript of crop raising Misc setting    -   school

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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