Sweet Love, Bitter

  • 1967
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Embittered black saxophonist Gregory befriends Murray, a white college professor who blames himself for the recent death of his wife and subsequently drowns his sorrows in alcohol. Gregory and Murray's drinking binges develop into a friendship based on personal understanding. A third member to the group is added when Hooks, a cafe owner, gives Murray a...read more

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Embittered black saxophonist Gregory befriends Murray, a white college professor who blames himself for the recent death of his wife and subsequently drowns his sorrows in alcohol. Gregory and Murray's drinking binges develop into a friendship based on personal understanding. A third

member to the group is added when Hooks, a cafe owner, gives Murray a job as a waiter and, in general, keeps the two men from going overboard. Eventually Murray gets back on his feet again and returns to his teaching job. When Gregory comes to visit Murray, a white cop stops him and then beats him

up for being a vagrant. Murray, paralyzed by his inability to do something, witnesses the whole incident. Later Murray tells Gregory, but Gregory shrugs it off and goes on another drinking binge. Soon thereafter, he dies of a heroin overdose. Murray is left blaming himself for another death.

Though a sincere attempt was made to depict the problems surrounding black-white relationships, the characters in the film lack definition.

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