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A Father for Charlie (1995)

In a town ruled by racial prejudice, only a boy had the courage to take a stand. Oscar winner Louis Gossett, Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman) and Joseph Mazzello (Jurassic Park) head the ... See full summary »

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Jeff Bleckner

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H. Haden Yelin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Walter Osgood
Joseph Mazzello ... Charlie
James Greene ... Sam - the banker
Don Swayze ... Reuben Cantwell
David Hart ... Woodrow
William Lucking ... Argus
Jack Kehler
Mark Cabus
Patrick Labyorteaux ... Postmaster
William Fichtner ... Sheriff
Evan Rachel Wood ... Tessa
John Bellucci John Bellucci ... Brother Joe Fleetwood
Courtenay McWhitney Courtenay McWhitney ... Mrs. Watson
Chuck Butto Chuck Butto ... Ranse Mooney
Steve Whittaker Steve Whittaker ... Farmer
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In a town ruled by racial prejudice, only a boy had the courage to take a stand. Oscar winner Louis Gossett, Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman) and Joseph Mazzello (Jurassic Park) head the cast of this compelling and intense drama. U.S., the 1930s. Walter Osgood is the only black man left in the town of High Lonesome. He's lost almost everything dear to him, including his wife and son. But no one in High Lonesome will speak out to defend Walter's rights when the town unites to drive him away from the community. Except for one person, a young boy named Charlie. Not only does Walter's extraordinary friendship with Charlie teach the boy the true meaning of love and courage, but it is also a dramatic flashpoint which forces the townspeople to confront their own cruel prejudices.

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An outcast man. An abandoned child. Together they must learn to trust to regain the one thing they both lost; a family.

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Drama | Western

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1995 (USA) See more »

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High Lonesome See more »

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1.33 : 1
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A heart warming tale of Guts over hatred!
16 November 2005 | by cantufindSee all my reviews

Set in the heart of America in the 1930s. Walter Osgood (Louis Gosset Jr) is the only black man left in the town of High Lonesome that has been cleared by the overwhelming white supremacist beliefs. Having lost his entire family to them and not knowing where his young Son is or whether he is alive is what sets this movie apart from others.

Predictably no-one in the town 'High Lonesome'gives a darn and this is cleverly shown when the Bank manager says "I only have to charge you 6% instead of the 3% I charge white-folk because of the stockholders". He seems so plausible that you just want to believe him as one who has to follow the pack of 'Black haters'. The Sheriff and star of the film little Charlie are support to this as the story revolves around the slow but sure dissolving of pure hatred to one of heart and admiration over the strength Gosset Jr shows in his character that won't be beaten by the racists.

The outcome is not overly predictable and to dismiss this as a 'same old story' would be wrong and might even show ones own racist views!? A cracking made for TV film that belongs in the Cinema and also the classrooms of the schools.

All in all a compelling drama that would not have been lost on the big screen.

To all the so called film critics out there who try to Judge 'Stars' on their other films, stop doing this, judge the actors on the films you write about as this is the only relevance people want to know. Opinions are varied but the story is not, this is a powerful and very well acted film where even Don Swayze looked at home!

Highly recommended.


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