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Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 21 May 1975 (USA)
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A 12-year-old is traumatised by the murder of his friend, a star basketball player.

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Joseph Manduke

Writers:

Ronald Fair (novel), Leonard Lamensdorf
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Moses Gunn ... Benjamin Blackwell
Rosalind Cash ... Sarah Robinson
Bernie Casey ... Officer Larry Atkins
Madge Sinclair ... Leona Hamilton
Jamaal Wilkes ... Nathaniel 'Cornbread' Hamilton (as Keith Wilkes)
Stefan Gierasch ... Sgt. Danaher
Charles Lampkin Charles Lampkin ... Fred Jenkins
Vince Martorano ... Officer John Golich
Logan Ramsey ... Deputy Coroner
Thalmus Rasulala ... Charlie
Antonio Fargas ... One-Eye
Laurence Fishburne ... Wilford Robinson (as Laurence Fishburne III)
Stack Pierce Stack Pierce ... Sam Hamilton
Tierre Turner ... Earl Carter
Bill Henderson ... Watkins
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Storyline

Nathaniel "Cornbread" Hamilton was the black urban dream and a hero to youngsters Wilford Robinson and Earl Carter. Shortly before he would have become the first man from his community to go to college, he demonstrates his scholarship-winning running ability to his friends and admirers in the neighborhood. At the same time, the police are on a manhunt for an armed rapist. They mistake Cornbread for the rapist and shoot him dead in the street. In the aftermath of the community's shattered dream, and in the face of an intimidating police cover-up, Wilford is determined not to betray the memory of his hero. Written by SamBlob

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We're gonna lick the world! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hit the Open Man See more »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This blaxploitation film depicted the shooting and murder of an African American by law enforcement which has plagued the African American (and later the Hispanic community) along with racial injustice. (See also Sweet Sweetback's BaadAsss Song released a few years earlier.) Some researchers consider this film's plot similar to the real-life shooting and deaths of African Americans by law enforcement which the Black Lives Matter movement have exposed systemic racism when it concerns African American males and law enforcement - the shooting and death of Trayvon Martin in 2012 years after the film was released is deemed as life imitating art. See more »

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Wilford Robinson: ...they killed Cornbread and he wasn't doin nothin
[pause]
Wilford Robinson: all he was doin wuz jus goin' home...
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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 2 (1996) See more »

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Wilford's Gone
Written by Donald Byrd
Performed by Donald Byrd with The Blackbyrds
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HORRIBLE, cheesy Movie!!!!
13 December 2005 | by bryanac625See all my reviews

I saw this film in the theater in 1975 when it came out. It bothered me a lot then, because I was a 10-year old, insecure black boy and I believed the things I saw on film. I was really sensitive to violent images on screen in those days (not that they mean nothing now, but I'm definitely more desensitized). Anyway, seeing an 18-year old black man shot and killed on screen really made me feel insecure about my own future.

Anyway, I just watched this movie again for the first time in 30 years. This movie sucks!!! All of the black characters are like "Ohh, Lawd... we in de ghetto, sho nuff!" All the white characters are horribly racist and every time they open their mouths, no matter what they say, it seems to come out as "nigger!" I'm sure some will say, "Well, that's the way it was in 1975 and these blaxploitation film paved an importance on the way to current progress. Well, whatever. This movie is so bad it's more of a joke than Saturday Night Live.


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