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FEATURE NARRATIVE 104 Minutes Unknown Premiere

With Sounder, Martin Ritt realized a movie that almost perfectly projected his artistic and intellectual concentrations-stylistic directness, subtle and deeply moving work with his cast, stirring emotionality, and the embrace of a profound humanism. Based the award-winning book by the same name, Lonne Elder III's lyrical script dramatizes the story of the Morgans, a family of sharecroppers in 1930's Louisiana. When the father (Paul Winfield) is sent to prison for a petty theft, his young son (Kevin Hooks) sets out with his dog, Sounder, on a journey that transforms his view of the world and marks his first steps towards manhood. Cicely Tyson's Oscar®-nominated performance as Mrs. Morgan made her a star. (Ages 7+) Presented by Cinemuse and The Love Hallie Foundation.

About the Director(s)

The late Martin Ritt (1914-1990) started his career as an actor on Broadway, but later came to Hollywood when the play he was appearing in, Winged Victory (1944), was turned into a motion picture. In the early 1950's, Ritt became a victim of the Hollywood blacklist, which effectively ended his career in front of the cameras. But he quickly reinvented himself as a director of socially conscious movies, beginning with Edge of the City (1956). His work as a director was largely responsible for the career rise of actor Paul Newman, who starred in several of Ritt's films, including The Long Hot Summer (1958), Paris Blues (1961), Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man (1962), Hud (1963), The Outrage (1964), and Hombre (1967). Other notable films from this acclaimed director include The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), The Great White Hope (1970), Conrack (1974), The Front (1976), and Norma Rae (1979).

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