The Emperor Jones
The Emperor Jones (1933)

Loosely adapted from Eugene O'Neill's distinguished play, this drama centers on the adventures of the humble railroad porter who through a series of extraordinary events became the emperor of Haiti.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 25, 2003
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

It is a distinguished offering, resolute and firm, with a most compelling portrayal by Paul Robeson.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

The Emperor Jones bludgeoned through color barriers.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Paul Robeson gives one of his greatest film performances in this arty, dated, but interesting 1933 adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's play.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Robeson's powerful presence, particularly through his wonderful, mellifluous voice, dominates each scene.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A great performance from the legendary African-American singer Paul Robeson.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Despite its marked deficiencies ... remains a "must see" for historic and cultural purposes

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AJ Verser
I didn't watch the whole movie, I got bored. If you want to see a good old African American film, you may find this one interesting, but other than that,… More