Director: Martin Ritt Cast: Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Kevin Hooks


Martin Ritt's big-screen adaptation of William H. Armstrong's Newberry Award winning novel, Sounder stars Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, and Kevin Hooks as a black family struggling through life in depression-era Louisiana. The Morgan family is poor, but close. Young son David (Hooks) enjoys hunting with his father Nathan (Paul Winfield) and his trusted dog Sounder. Eventually, they fall on such rough times that Nathan steals a loaf of bread to feed his family, but he is arrested and sentenced to a work camp. Mother Rebecca (Tyson) realizes that David is now responsible for taking care of the family. He sets out to locate where his father is being held, and becomes involved in a school for black children where he learns facts that give him a new level of self-esteem. Sounder was nominated for a variety of Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/30/2002
UPC: 0084296403387
Original Release: 1972
Rating: NR
Source: Sterling Ent
Time: 1:45:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cicely Tyson Rebecca Morgan
Paul Winfield Nathan Lee Morgan
Kevin Hooks David Lee Morgan
Carmen Mathews Mrs. Boatwright
Taj Mahal Ike
Janet MacLachlan Camille Johnson
Ted Airhart Mr. Perkins
William T. Bennett Judge
Carmen Best Actor
James Best Sheriff Young
Yvonne Jarrell Josie Mae Morgan
Eric Hooks Earl Morgan
Inez Durham Clerk
Spencer Bradford Clarence
Sylvia "Kuumba" Williams Harriet
Thomas N. Phillips Preacher
Myrl Sharkey Mrs. Clay

Technical Credits
Martin Ritt Director
John A. Alonzo Cinematographer
Lonne Elder Screenwriter
Walter Scott Herndon Production Designer
Sid Levin Editor
Taj Mahal Score Composer,Songwriter
Tom Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Robert B. Radnitz Producer
Charles C. Washburn Asst. Director
Nedra Watt Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter W. Wooley Production Designer

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Sounder 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sounder is a wonderful movie. It is sad in many ways as it shows how African-Americans were treated, but it also shows the love and togetherness experienced by one family in spite of the poverty and mistreatment they experienced.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago