Something of Value (Africa Ablaze)
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Something of Value (Africa Ablaze)
The literalism of writer-director Richard Brooks serves him well in this meticulously faithful adaptation of the Robert Ruark novel Something of Value. Filmed on location in Africa, this is the story of the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya, as seen through the eyes of a handful of protagonists. Virtually alone in a sea of racist British colonialism, gentleman farmer Peter McKenzie (Rock Hudson) strives to understand the demands of freedom and equality made by Kenya's black population in particular and his childhood friend Kimani (Sidney Poitier) in particular. Ultimately, however, McKenzie and… More

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"Brooks' chief insight -- good and bad on both sides, tolerance the answer -- hardly seizes the imagination, and the contentious climax, with Hudson carrying a wounded Poitier on his back, has every indication of being intended symbolically."
‑ , Time Out
"As drama not much in value."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A pretty, good estimation of the social problems involved."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Though the story is fiction, the film rings true, with a fair portrait of both sides of the conflict."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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