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      Sounder

      TV-PG 2003 1 hr. 36 min. Drama List
      Reviews 64% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score A family of Louisiana sharecroppers struggles to survive while living in poverty during the Great Depression. When Father (Carl Lumbly), a deeply religious man, must resort to stealing a ham to feed his wife (Suzzanne Douglas) and son (Daniel Lee Robertson III), he is arrested and sentenced to work on a chain gang at an undisclosed location. The boy leaves his mother and faithful dog Sounder behind, sets out to find his father, and learns many life lessons along the way. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member I didn't care for this movie. C Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Very gripping story about a time in history that to many may seem distant but in actual fact is very recent. Get a chilling look at what life was like for many just a couple of generations ago while also having your heart warmed by the wonderful depictions of humanity. There are no nice white people in this movie and fair enough; there may not have been many of those around, but a bit more gradient a scale would have been appreciated. In the film's defense however white people actually feature in it very little and it is quite a tight story because of the tempo and methodical narration technique so wasting time showing a kind hearted Caucasian person which was a rare find in those days anyway might just have been a huge waste of time. I do recommend this movie because it tells its story from a perspective that I find otherwise scarce in movies in general. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Beautiful family, Cicily Tyson, trying to survive in the rascist south around 1900 or so. Excellent Moving, excellent. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member I read a recommendation of the original and thought that's what I was renting when I got this version, filmed in Ontario only a few years ago. I don't know how it stacks up against the original but this movie is decidedly Mediocre. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member I read Dan's recommendation of the original and thought that's what I was renting when I got this version, filmed in Ontario only a few years ago. I don't know how it stacks up against the original but this movie is decidedly Mediocre. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member i was amazed that this movie never did as well as it should have. i was 14 and just starting to be interested in rural blues. someone suggested that i see this movie and i was floored.the story is brutal and beautiful! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      John Leonard New York Magazine/Vulture ... the old magic still works. Jan 31, 2018 Full Review Nancy Davis Kho Common Sense Media Affecting update of the coming-of-age classic. Rated: 4/5 Dec 20, 2010 Full Review MaryAnn Johanson Flick Filosopher It's fine and warm and satisfying and, yes, inspiring... Jul 5, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A family of Louisiana sharecroppers struggles to survive while living in poverty during the Great Depression. When Father (Carl Lumbly), a deeply religious man, must resort to stealing a ham to feed his wife (Suzzanne Douglas) and son (Daniel Lee Robertson III), he is arrested and sentenced to work on a chain gang at an undisclosed location. The boy leaves his mother and faithful dog Sounder behind, sets out to find his father, and learns many life lessons along the way.
      Director
      Kevin Hooks
      Executive Producer
      Michael Jaffe, Howard Braunstein, Bill Cain
      Screenwriter
      Bill Cain
      Production Co
      Miramax
      Rating
      TV-PG (V)
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 3, 2017