• Nothing But a Man (1993)

Nothing But a Man

Release Date: April 14th, 1993

DVD Release Date: September 28th, 2004

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 32 min

Plot Summary

African-American rail worker Duff Anderson (Ivan Dixon) has left his 4-year old son with a nanny, and now drifts through life with little ambition. Duff's outlook on life changes when he meets schoolteacher Josie Dawson (Abbey Lincoln), a gentle preacher's daughter. Although Josie's father (Stanley Greene) disapproves of Duff's lifestyle, the two eventually marry. Duff and Josie struggle to hold on to their marriage as Duff must face up to the oppressive racism of 1960s America.

Cast: Ivan Dixon, Abbey Lincoln, Gloria Foster, Julius Harris, Martin Priest, Leonard Parker, Yaphet Kotto, Stanley Greene

Director: Michael Roemer

Genres: Drama

Keywords: 1960s, Gripping, Father, Sacrifice, Friend, Bar, Emotional, Love, Marriage

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Slant Magazine

    It can't be overstated just how Nothing But a Man is militantly tone-deaf to the Hollywood muzak of race relations. show more

  • 80
    David FearTime Out

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

  • 100
    Peter BradshawThe Guardian

    An enormous pleasure. 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. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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