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      Native Son

      Released Jun 16, 1951 1h 31m Drama List
      44% Tomatometer 9 Reviews Author Richard Wright (Richard Wright) portrays his novel's Bigger Thomas, a young chauffeur trapped in an accidental murder. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Christopher Lloyd The Film Yap The exceedingly rare film adaptation of a novel starring the author in the leading role. Unfortunately, it replicates all the pitfalls of Richard Wright's book. Rated: 2.5/5 Sep 19, 2022 Full Review Peter Canavese Celluloid Dreams A real oddity in literary and cinematic history. Rushed and somewhat clumsy in its narrative it lacks the full impact of the novel but boasts visual impact. An interesting enough historical relic worth seeing. Rated: 2.5/4 Jul 25, 2022 Full Review Armond White National Review Every close-up, even when scaling the top of a water tower to evoke James Cagney at the end of White Heat, conveys the no-hope fatality of the novel's tragedy. It's not so much poetic or expressive as banal. Nov 5, 2020 Full Review Michael J. Casey Michael J. Cinema Not a perfect film, but the movie is far more than a curiosity. The cinematography from Antonio Merayo is top-notch, and Wright's writing is as brutal as it is blunt. Rated: 3.5/5 Sep 25, 2020 Full Review Kenneth R. Morefield 1More Film Blog Why is it essential then? Every now and hen you get a glimpse of the deeper horrors of the book, even if they are just passing allusions to what the novel insists is omnipresent Rated: 2/5 Sep 22, 2020 Full Review Roger Moore Movie Nation This new "most complete restoration" has just enough film noir fury about it to hint at the classic it might have been, and plenty of B-movie pop to it even as it is. Rated: 2.5/4 Sep 19, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Author Richard Wright (Richard Wright) portrays his novel's Bigger Thomas, a young chauffeur trapped in an accidental murder.
      Director
      Pierre Chenal
      Producer
      Jaime Prades
      Screenwriter
      Pierre Chenal
      Distributor
      Classic Pictures
      Production Co
      Argentina Sono Film S.A.C.I.
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 16, 1951, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 24, 2021
      Runtime
      1h 31m
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