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Those who might be troubled by "racial stereotypes" are failing to see the exquisite beauty of this film, and its place in cultural history; it is an astounding film for all Americans, especially those of African descent, to watch and be proud of.
A melodramatic morality tale, it is about a naive cotton farmer who falls into the net of a pretty but corrupt girl, and his rocky road from sin to redemption.
It also shows the hardship of the life of a sharecropper; the wrenching poverty and backbreaking labor, as well as the faith to survive it all.
Daniel L. Haynes is extraordinary as Zeke. Had he been born 50 years later, he would no doubt have been a major world superstar. Incredibly handsome and charismatic, he was also blessed with a marvelous voice, and great acting ability. Thank goodness this film exists, as a remembrance of his enormous talent.
The other members of the cast are also excellent, with Nina Mae McKinney as the seductive Chick and Fanny Belle DeKnight, as Mammy Johnson, Zeke's mother who never gives up hope for her wayward son. The scene where Mammy holds the children in her arms and sings a lullaby is one that moves me to tears; this is a film that expresses much love, and the best of human characteristics.
The music is glorious, combining spirituals like "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" with songs like Irving Berlin's "Waiting at the End of the Road," and there are also some superb dance numbers. I was particularly delighted by the short but well executed sand soft shoe in the bar scene, a style that started in the early 1910s during the minstrel shows.Read more ›
This movie is about Zeke (man) who after accidently killing his brother finds God and becomes a preacher. But Temptation and the Devil is just around the corner in the form Chick and her sugar daddy, Hot Shot. Poor Zeke and Chick go back and forth, running to and then abandoning God.
Victoria Spivey plays Missy Rose, a girl that loves Zeke. Missy Rose is the embodiment of God, loving Zeke, mourning him when he leaves her, and then rejoicing when he returns.
When Zeke asks Missy Rose if she remembers him and she replies: "Of course, Zeke. I love you so much, I would never forget you." This scene in itself is enough to bring tears to a person's eyes.
King Vidor and his movie Hallelujah was light years ahead of his time. Simply beautiful!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very good film, well-acted by the principal players (it was an entirely unprofessional cast). The dialogue in the opening scene is a bit hokey (perhaps because the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chefrich
everyone that I show this movie to they love it we just only wish it was in colorPublished 4 months ago by phyllis johnson
Great video, especially for black history month. Depicts the poverty and way of life experienced by some black Americans and trials and triumph within the poorer black family.. Read morePublished 5 months ago by kodabear
Have not viewed it as yet, but I wanted to purchase it as I had seen it on television about fifteen years ago. I look forward to having a movie night soon!Published 14 months ago by VOL
This is one of the most remarkable movies we have ever seen. Considering the year it was made and the subject matter, it should have never made it to the movie screen. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Frank Taylor
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