Native Son
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Native Son
African-American playwright Richard Wright's 1940 novel Native Son was too explosive for any Hollywood studio in 1951. However, an enterprising Argentine filmmaking firm was able to attain American backing (and a few location shots filmed in Chicago) for a cheap but satisfying cinemazation of the novel. Author Wright himself is cast as Bigger Thomas, a young Chicago black man who chafes at the thought of never being considered an equal in a white-dominated society. Bigger gets a job as chauffeur for a wealthy white family, who hope in their own na´ve fashion to help Thomas graduate from… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Limited budget, black and white melodramatic pacing and scripting, awkward direction and inferior acting are what contribute to its shortcomings as pure film."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"When Richard Wright went wrong."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"A mediocre 'man-on-the-run' crime drama without any twists or likable three-dimensional characters to keep your interest."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
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