Pinky (1949)

Elia Kazan directed this, one of Hollywood's early attacks on racism, starring Jeanne Crain as Patricia "Pinky" Johnson. Patricia is a light-skinned black woman who is studying nursing at a New England medical institute. A… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 29, 1949
DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Vivid, revealing and emotionally intense.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is a groundbreaking film despite its absurdly stiff way at looking at how blacks and whites interact.

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Made at a time when racial discrimination was as much a part of the fabric of American life as apple pie, this is an early stab by Hollywood at countering racism.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The results are uneven, though fitfully interesting.

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TV Guide

This is a mature film, with great respect for the humanity of people who are able to transcend social barriers and care for one another.

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Emanuel Levy

Kazan's liberal tale of a black girl passing as white is rather simple and Jeanne Crain is weak in the lead, but it's worth seeing Zanuck's message picture for the strong acting of the two Oscar-nominated Ethels (Waters and Barrymore).

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Pinky is nothing more than 1949's Crash: a film that doesn't deal with race so much as it pays lip service to race while being racist in ways likely unexamined by all involved.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
Sad to see a white actor play the part of a light skin black women, But excellent story line showing life in the United States, most people think it was limited… More
John Ballantine
An early and slightly dated look at racism. It was probably great for its time and kudos to the maligned Kazan for bringing it forward. Don't expect too… More