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But what is really interesting is the portrayal of the Black characters. The film aviods rank stereotypes of the time and most of the Black characters are shown as decent, intellligent, and well-spoken (aside from the thuggish rioters, who are not the main characters). Similarly, it's also good that the film makes differences between the wild White rioters and the decent White characters who try to stop the madness. Overall, a very anti-racist film for it's time that deserves to be better known. Yeah, some of the dialogue and actiong are corny by modern standards, but it's still a good film that is really more about good vs. evil than Black vs, White.
As for the picture and sound quality of the DVD, the film obviously has not undergone any restoration. There are multiple scratches (resulting in vertical white lines) running through a good portion of the movie, and quite a few specks and splotches as well. Nonetheless, the overall picture quality is quite acceptable; in fact, the defects in the film almost enhance the vintage feel of the story.
The comments by other viewers are mostly accurate. Yes, the acting and dialogue do occasionally show the marks of a low-budget production. However, there's a certain emotional undercurrent and sense of urgency in this movie that really makes for some tense viewing. All in all it's a riveting film and quite ahead of its time in its exploration of race relations.
I disagree with the person who stated that THE WELL is good for only a single viewing. In my opinion this is an extraordinary little film that not only holds up as a thought-provoking drama but remains important to see as a notable part of motion picture history. It belongs in anyone's collection of classic movies.
For an enjoyable movie with a good ending, watch it!
Cast includes Richard Rober, Henry (Harry) Morgan, Barry Kelly and Gwendolyn Laster as the missing child. My old Milwaukee neighbor -- noted black character actor George Hamilton -- plays her grandfather.,
"The Well" -- one of several powerful race relations movies of the 1930s and '40s -- was preceded in 1934 by the original version of "Imitation of Life," along with 1949's "Pinky," "Home of the Brave" and "Lost Boundaries" and 1950's "No Way Out." All sent a powerful message prior to the 1960s Civil Rights Movment.
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For a 1950's movie concerning black people, it was very moving and uplifting. It takes hardship for we as human beings to realize we are all human beings.Published 16 months ago by Jowilli3
saw this one back in the 50s liked it then and still doPublished on August 2, 2014 by James R. Sabo
I remember watching this movie as a child. It was really good to watch. A real movie opposed to today.Published on March 4, 2014 by shellie mason
GREAT little film from the early fifties that is not as well known as it deserves to be. A little black girl, unknown to everyone, falls down a well. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Celia Trimboli
Not surprisingly, the print used for the dvd was a really bad one, which is probably the quality of any film this old, in public domain, and not from a film vault or personal... Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Richard S Webb
This movie is not a love story between a man and a woman. The Well is a study in sociology, race relations, and human nature. Released in the 1950's, it is not outdated. Read morePublished on December 25, 2012 by Xena
Image's presentation of "The Well" uses a rather well-worn print. It's entirely watchable, but suffers from 2 vertical white lines during much of the film. Read morePublished on December 11, 2012 by larryj1
This was a great movie about a little girl who falls down a well and how at first both sides allow their own racial prejudices to tear the town apart until they realize that only... Read morePublished on January 29, 2012 by Kenneth J Joyce