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Sounder (1972)

Sounder (1972)
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Sounder is a 1972 drama film starring Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Kevin Hooks, Carmen Mathews, Taj Mahal, Eric Hooks and Janet MacLachlan.[5] It was adapted by Lonne Elder III and directed by Martin Ritt from the 1970 Newbery Medal-winning novel Sounder by William H. Armstrong and spawned a sequel, Part 2, Sounder (1976).

A black sharecropper's family is poor and hungry. The father and his dog, Sounder, go hunting each night, but the hunting is poor. The family subsists on fried corn mush, biscuits, and milk gravy until one morning they wake up to the smell of boiling ham. They feast for three days, but finally the sheriff and two of his deputies burst into the cabin and arrest the father. Sounder runs after them, and one of the deputies shoots him with a shotgun.

The arrested man's son goes looking for Sounder but cannot find him anywhere. When he traces their steps, he finds blood on the ground along with Sounder's ear. He puts the ear under his pillow and wishes for Sounder's return. His mother thinks Sounder has gone off to die on his own, but for several weeks the boy goes in search of the dog each day. In father's absence, the family survives on the money the mother makes by selling walnuts. The boy undertakes the added responsibility of helping look after his siblings, and he is stricken by the intense loneliness in the cabin...
Sounder, 1972, Martin Ritt, Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Kevin Hooks, Carmen Mathews, Taj Mahal, James Best, Eric Hooks, Yvonne Jarrell, Sylvia Kuumba Williams, Sylvia 'Kuumba' Williams, Teddy Airhart, Ted Airhart, Richard Durham, Wendell Brumfield, Al Bankston, Myrl Sharkey, Merle Sharkey, Inez Durham, animal film, dog
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