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Painfully honest, unpretentious, and blessedly simple, Martin Ritt's 1972 portrait of a black family trying to survive the Depression, the infinite cruelties of Louisiana sharecropping, and the pain of separation is moving without being mawkish, charming without being coy. Not the emotional blockbuster the PR department of 20th Century-Fox would have had it, the film is nevertheless rewarding and quietly powerful—with fine performances from Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, and Kevin Hooks. 105 min.

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