The Least Among You
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Leaders are not chosen, they are called. Inspired by a true story. Richard Kelly (Cedric Sanders) is a black college graduate forced to serve probation at an all-white seminary after the 1965 Watts riots. Richard is encouraged by the seminary president, Alan Beckett, to break the color line. Richard nears his breaking point when he meets Samuel (Louis Gossett, Jr.), an elderly janitor who lives in the basement of his dormitory. As Samuel guides Richard through the trials of racism and the personal life that haunts him, Richard undergoes a transformation that forces him to choose between his dreams and his destiny.
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You know anything he plays in is great, and he does not dissappoint you in this one.
RACISM IN SEMINARY SCHOOL. That statement alone tells you that this has got to be a great movie
and I've got to see this one. Racism in a school where they are teaching students to be
preachers and to love God, keep the Faith and 'do unto others as you would have them do unto you'.
This is a MASTERPIECE.
I loved it. Wish I could have given it a 10 rating.
The man it's based on tells his story, in his own words, in the Special Features.
Lou Gossett Jr, William Devane, Lauren Holly, and a young man I've never seen before Cedric Sanders, were just wonderful. I highly recommend this simple story of God's influence on a young man's life; and the power to achieve great change in the midst of his adversaries.
The story is told in a languid pace, almost like an adaptation of a play. It's an interesting peek into those times. I could tell this was made by a Christian production company. The scenes in Watts aren't as credible as they might have been if the truly colorful language that pervades in that culture was allowed.
The three leads make for an interesting study of contrast against the backdrop of the younger actors. Devane, Holly & Gossett,Jr know their craft and move with an ease that is both subtle and glaring. Their performances is glaring against the young Cedric Sanders, who does a credible job, but who wouldn't look like an amateur acting next to those veterans?
Lauren Holly is developing into a truly adept actor, in the past she was the pretty girl next door, most of her roles were a bit shallow. It's great to see that as she continues on her career, she's choosing some interesting roles and developing into a very nuanced and subtle actor.