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Big screen classics

Nothing But a Man

A labourer in 1960s Alabama falls for a preacher’s daughter, but will their love rise above racism and family strife?

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USA 1964
Dir Michael Roemer
With Ivan Dixon, Abbey Lincoln, Yaphet Kotto
Certificate 12A

Roemer’s landmark movie about African-American lives in early 1960s Alabama finds an itinerant labourer (Dixon) falling for a preacher’s daughter (Lincoln), and striving to make a success of things despite familial obstacles and near-ubiquitous racism. It’s a tough but tender, wholly unsentimental account of a man determined to be true to himself, but having to work out exactly what that entails.


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