Sounder, Part 2

  • 1976
  • Movie
  • G
  • Drama

Elder, who wrote the screenplay for SOUNDER, comes back to do it again in this sequel, which uses the Armstrong novel as the basis, although much of what is on the screen comes from Elder's own fertile imagination. The low-budget original did well at the theaters (just under $10 million), so the American Broadcasting Company financed this as a TV movie....read more

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Elder, who wrote the screenplay for SOUNDER, comes back to do it again in this sequel, which uses the Armstrong novel as the basis, although much of what is on the screen comes from Elder's own fertile imagination. The low-budget original did well at the theaters (just under $10 million),

so the American Broadcasting Company financed this as a TV movie. But when they saw the final product, they decided to release the film to theaters first. It's 1933 in a black farming community of Louisiana, where a family of sharecroppers, headed by Sylvester and Wright (replacing Paul Winfield

and Cicely Tyson) maintain their cohesiveness and dignity in the face of the treatment they receive from the local whites (who are only spoken of). Chase is a schoolteacher (the part was played by Janet MacLachan in the first film) who espouses some firm ideas which frighten outside people, and

the school at which she teaches is shut down for fear of an uprising. Against this background, the story basically concerns the efforts of the sharecroppers to build a school in which Chase can educate the kids. Taj Mahal, who also wrote the excellent score (he did the first one as well) plays a

lovely role as a friendly neighbor given to singing folk tunes. Swiss-born cinematographer Furrer died at 41 just prior to the film's release, after a brief career that included superb work on DESPERATE CHARACTERS, SHAFT, and THE SEVEN UPS.

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  • Released: 1976
  • Rating: G
  • Review: Elder, who wrote the screenplay for SOUNDER, comes back to do it again in this sequel, which uses the Armstrong novel as the basis, although much of what is on the screen comes from Elder's own fertile imagination. The low-budget original did well at the t… (more)

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