- Actors: Claudia McNeil, Janet MacLachlan
- Language: English
- Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Studio: King Bee
- Run Time: 115 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000H58IZW
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,671 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry
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I urge another attempt at a movie of this book because it could be outstanding - the plot is there for people to do something wonderful.
The story recounts the struggles of a poor black Mississippi family in the 1930's and their attempt to hold on to their family's piece of land despite the machinations of white bigots all around them. This is a story that should be sensitively and delicately adapted, which is the exact opposite of director Jack Smight's typically sledgehammer TV style.
For no good reason, the movie begins in the *middle* of the novel's story and then works its way backward and forward to encompass the novel's material. Thus, the novel's delicate character build-ups, which had rich payoffs in the novel's climax, are mostly laid waste here.
Many of the novel's subtlest yet most powerful images are destroyed here, simply by inadequate camera placement. One example is the incident where Mr. Morrison, the family's burly helper, moves a bigoted white man's car out of his path with his bare hands, while the white man looks on astonishment. The novel exquisitely describes the incident, culminating in Mr. Morrison nonchalantly driving off while the cowardly bigot spews epithets at him. In the movie, the camera, which has been inexplicably swooping in and out of scene for most of the movie, sits in the same, dull stationary position throughout this scene. No close-ups of the bigot's or the children's surprised faces. And then the white man drives off on his own before Mr. Morrison does, neatly killing the entire point of the scene.Read more ›
This film not only badly acted, overly sentimental and inaccurate, it is also quite unfaithful to what is a quite short book. Do not watch this!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry", is about the Logan family who are black landowners in Mississippi in the 1930's. They face inequality and racism. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Alex Samson
This is an amazing book. While the acting in the TV series was wonderful the editing was awful with sequences of the story in the wrong order. Read morePublished 13 months ago by berna
For anyone who remembers the three part mini series the editors really cut out a majority of the film. Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by Mark
This videotape broke the very first time I tried to play it for my students. I am sorely disappointed that I paid such an exhorbitant amount for it, and it doesn't even workPublished on March 8, 2013 by Linda Wahlquist
As a teacher I required this book to me read by all my students. When I saw there was a movie it just add more to my unit.Published on March 3, 2013 by Mindy Duffy
The video began and then cut to black on 3 occasions for 5 - 20 seconds in the first 20 minutes.Published on February 6, 2013 by Amazon Customer
The item arrived in good time and condition as per Amazon's promise. Good job all!Published on September 23, 2010 by S.Cameron
The Movie is totally confusing. It leaves out important scenes that are relevant to movie. I jumps around. The casting is all wrong. Cassie looks 15 instead of 9. Read morePublished on May 21, 2010 by budsmom
The video story had a good concept, a good plot showing events that were very realistic, but it left out key events such as the revenge of Cassie against Lilian Jean, how the... Read morePublished on November 20, 2006 by Debbe Geary