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Band of Angels (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | 3 August 1957 (USA)
Amantha Starr grows up as a privileged southern Belle in the ante-bellum South, but after her father dies broke, her world is destroyed when she discovers her mother was black.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Robert Penn Warren (novel), John Twist (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Clark Gable ... Hamish Bond
Yvonne De Carlo ... Amantha Starr
Sidney Poitier ... Rau-Ru
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Lt. Ethan Sears
Rex Reason ... Capt. Seth Parton
Patric Knowles ... Charles de Marigny
Torin Thatcher ... Capt. Canavan
Andrea King ... Miss Idell
Ray Teal ... Mr. Calloway
Russell Evans Russell Evans ... Jimmee
Carolle Drake ... Michele
Raymond Bailey ... Mr. Stuart
Tommie Moore Tommie Moore ... Dollie
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Storyline

Living in Kentucky prior to the Civil War, Amantha Starr is a privileged young woman. Her widower father, a wealthy plantation owner, dotes on her and he sends her to the best schools. When he dies suddenly however, Amantha's world is turned upside down. She learns that her father had been living on borrowed money and that her mother was actually a slave and her father's mistress. The plantation is to be sold to pay off her father's debts and as the daughter of slave, Amantha is also to be sold as property. She is bought by a Louisiana plantation owner, Hamish Bond and over time she grows to love him until she learns he was a slave-trader. She tries again to become part of white society but realizes that her future lies elsewhere. Written by garykmcd

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All the passionate violence--All the lush splendor that flows from the tumultuous best-seller by the Pulitzer Prize author of "All the King's Men'! See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi pecado fue nacer See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,500,000
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In her 1987 autobiography, Yvonne De Carlo wrote: "Band of Angels made money, but it was not the hit we all hoped it would be. It was said that the timing wasn't right to deal with racial issues." See more »

Goofs

Both Michele's and Manty's dresses are closed in the back with zippers which were not yet invented in the 1860s. See more »

Quotes

Hamish Bond: Wherever you go, l don't want to know whee it is - I don' ever want to know where you are...
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Referenced in Girl on the Run (1958) See more »

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Band of Angels
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Music by Max Steiner
Lyrics by Carl Sigman
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Romantic Epic Soap Opera
21 May 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Kentucky in the antebellum of the Civil War, Amantha Starr (Yvonne De Carlo) is the pride and joy of her father, the plantation owner Aaron Starr (William Forrest) that treats her slaves with dignity. When he dies, Amantha learns that he mother was black and she is included as a slave to be sold to pay his father's debts. She is sent to an auction in New Orleans and bought by the wealthy Hamish Bond (Clark Gable) by a fortune. He brings her home and treats her as if she were a guest. Amantha meets the slaves Rau-Ru (Sidney Poitier), who is treated like a son, and Michele (Carolle Drake), who is Hamish's mistress and in love with him. Soon they fall in love with each other, but Hamish discloses a dreadful secret from his past, their relationship ends. Meanwhile the Civil War breaks out and Hamish becomes a wanted man while Rau-Ru joins the Union Army. Will the love of Amantha and Hamish be doomed by the war?

"Band of Angels" is a romantic epic that seems to be a soap opera with a story with many twists. The plot seems to be a melodramatic version of "Gone with the Wind" and Rau-Ru first attitude is ungrateful. The best moment of this melodrama is when Amantha discovers that she is considered a black woman and consequently a slave. Her situation is impressive and heartbreaking. The spoiled woman is suddenly transformed into a property of despicable men. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Meu Pecado Foi Nascer" ("My Sin Was to be Born")


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