Nothing But a Man
Nothing But a Man (1963)

A landmark independent film, Nothing but a Man is the first dramatic story featuring a largely black cast created for an integrated audience (the work of black filmmakers such as Oscar Micheaux was intended for audiences who patronized… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1963
DVD Release Date: September 28, 2004
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice

So astute about the economic and racial politics of the Jim Crow South, and particularly about the trauma suffered by black men struggling for respectability, that it's hard to believe it was made by two white guys ...

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

[Roemer] and his collaborators create images and sounds, characters and situations, that embody the title's existential affirmation.

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Amy Taubin

One of the great American independent films and one of the great films about how racism defines African American masculinity.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

The title almost suggests manhood as something trifling. The film, however, confirms it's a mighty hard ideal to reach.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A sincere, intelligent, and effectively acted independent feature.

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Peter Bradshaw

The performances are so fresh and natural - yet so subtle and delicately judged. The direction is superb in its control and the cinematography creates a gripping docu-realist vision.

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David Fear
Time Out

Its historical import as a peripheral civil-rights document can't be understated.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

A quietly stirring, beautiful little movie shot in black and white, it hasn't aged a microsecond.

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Ashley Clark
Little White Lies

In addition to its marvellous performances and perspicacious treatment of difficult themes, Nothing But a Man is a technical triumph.

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Moe E
I became engrossed with Nothing But a Man recently, which is the story of a young, black man in Alabama of the 1960's and his journey in becoming a strong… More
Jojo Shek
A man trying to make a voice while making inner changes for himself. I thought the main character's father (Harris) played an outstanding role for being an… More