- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 47 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 27, 2009
- Originally Released: 1978
- Label: Koch Vision
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
In this compelling family drama Paul Winfield plays Butler and Cicely Tyson plays Sweets. The two stars, who were Oscar-nominated for their roles in SOUNDER, reunite in this story about a ghetto mother and stepfather who help their child become someone special despite the societal pressures of drugs and crime. Larry B. Scott gives a standout performance as their boy Benjie, who overcomes the temptations of heroin, with everything stacked against him. The key elements of the family's struggle are also magnified by an environment where the students and the school board are in a conflict over whether Mark Twain's novel THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN is racist. The screenplay by Alice Childress, who also wrote the novel on which this film is based, is concise, moving, and understated. Director Ralph Nelson, who is known for bringing a light and resonate touch to socially conscious drama, doesn't miss a beat. Helen Martin turns in a memorable performance as Mrs. Bell.
Description by Koch Entertainment Distribution:
Faced with the pressures of adolescence, 13-year-old Benjie (Larry B. Scott), turns to heroin to escape the harsh reality of growing up in the ghetto. Also starring Cicely Tyson and Paul Winfield, this heartwarming drama tackles the battle of a troubled youth, his struggles with addiction, and the impact felt by those around him. Directed by Ralph Nelson (Lilies of the Field, Father Goose, Charly).