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Nothing But a Man (1964)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 19 September 1964 (USA)
A black man and his school-teacher wife face discriminatory challenges in 1960s America.

Director:

Michael Roemer

Writers:

Michael Roemer, Robert M. Young (as Robert Young)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ivan Dixon ... Duff Anderson
Abbey Lincoln ... Josie
Julius Harris ... Will Anderson
Gloria Foster ... Lee
Martin Priest Martin Priest ... Mill Worker
Leonard Parker Leonard Parker ... Frankie
Yaphet Kotto ... Jocko
Stanley Greene Stanley Greene ... Rev. Dawson
Helen Lounck Helen Lounck ... Effie Simms
Helene Arrindell Helene Arrindell ... Doris
Walter Wilson Walter Wilson ... Car Owner
Milton Williams Milton Williams ... Pop
Mel Stewart ... Riddick (as Melvin Stewart)
Marshal Tompkin Marshal Tompkin ... Revivalist (as Rev. Marshal Tompkin)
Alfred Puryear Alfred Puryear ... Barney
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Storyline

Born in Birmingham, Duff Anderson, the father of a male toddler, who lives with a nanny, re-locates to a small town to work on the railroad. He meets with and is attracted to Josie much to the chagrin of her preacher father. The marriage does take place nevertheless, both re-locate to live in their own house and he gets a job in a mill. He decides not to bring his son to live with them. Challenges arise when the Mill Foreman finds out that Duff is attempting to unionize the workers, forcing Duff to quit, and look for work elsewhere. Unable to reconcile himself to working on a daily wage of $2.50 picking cotton nor even as a waiter, he gets a job at a garage. He is enraged at a customer for belittling him and Josie, and is let go. Unemployed, unable to support his wife and son, he gets abusive and leaves - perhaps never to return. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Nothing But a Man has the violence, passion, tenderness of a Negro man and a girl in a smoldering southern town!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kun et menneske See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$160,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,466, 11 November 2012

Gross USA:

$13,063

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,063
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's soundtrack LP was the first soundtrack album released by Motown Records. See more »

Quotes

Duff Anderson: It's just that, seems to me us colored folks do a whole lot of church-going, it's the white folks that need it real bad.
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Soundtracks

Way Over There
Written by Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson
Performed by The Marvelettes
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Nothing, but one of the must see American films of the 60's.
26 February 2009 | by brefaneSee all my reviews

Memorable and poignant, Nothing But a Man is one of the glories of independent film; groundbreaking rather than earth shattering, its refusal to sentimentalize or overstate demonstrates true integrity. The film apprehends the simple existence of an ordinary couple in difficult circumstance, and the performances of Ivan Dixon and lovely jazz singer Abbey Lincoln are superbly naturalistic, and a well chosen and evocative supporting cast lends absolute credibility. The direction, editing, and cinematography are all fine, and the dialog is simply and beautifully convincing. Don't miss this rarely shown and extraordinarily rewarding film that, along with Point Blank, Pretty Poison, Rachel,Rachel, The Naked Kiss, Night of the Living Dead, Lolita,Rosemary's Baby,and They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, remains one of the absolutes of 60's American cinema. The multi-talented Ivan Dixon directed The Spook Who Sat By the Door(73) and was on the 60's TV series Hogan"s Heroes.


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