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|Sudie and Simpson|
Actors: Louis Gossett Jr., Sara Gilbert, John M. Jackson, Frances Fisher, Paige Danahy
Director: Joan Tewkesbury
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television
This poignant tale of love and hatred centers around a young girl who befriends a Black farmer living on the outskirts of a racially restricted Southern town in the 1940s.System Requirements: Running Time 100 MinFormat: DV... more »
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Controversial issues raised in Sudie & Simpson
Lori Lamug | Honolulu, HI USA | 07/31/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sudie & Simpson effectively and accurately portrayed many issues that were controversial back in its 1940s setting. These issues include racism, sexism and molestation. I happened upon the movie as it was being aired on the Lifetime Channel. Sara Gilbert and Louis Gossett, Jr. both did an excellent job conveying their characters' emotions within the dialogue. The most prevalent issue in this movie is racism. I found Sudie and the entire town's ignorance and feelings towards another race shocking and somewhat offending. However, I realized that her frame of mind was consistent with those who lived back in that time period. Sudie, unlike her fellow town mates, however, was not so quick to pass judgment on Simpson. I was especially moved as I watched a friendship develop between the two.Sexism and molestation are other issues apparent in this movie. Back then, people believed everything bad that happened to a woman was considered her fault, and because of that, women would just have to accept whatever happened to them and not tell anyone else about it. Sudie and her friends seemed to have that mentality throughout the movie. They also have the mentality that adults don't listen to what a child has to say. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who wishes to educate themselves about controversial issues such as race, sex, and molestation. Though set in the 1940s, the issues that were controversial then are still controversial now, although on a smaller scale. Those who watch this movie should keep in mind that the movie was set during a time when racism was still widespread, and because of that, moviegoers should be more "thick-skinned" about some of the comments made throughout the film."
I really enjoyed this movie!
FreakyGeek | Dallas, Texas | 07/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I found this little gem at Wal-Mart for 5.96 and I'm very glad I picked it up. I watched it last nite and its a terrific little movie. Sara Gilbert shows that she is more than just Darlene Conner here. A fun story with a lot of heart. Check it out if you haven't yet."
Jerome Coates | Augusta, GA United States | 12/19/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was an accurate depiction of the attitude toward blacks in the south in the 40's. It was well written and well acted, especially by Grossett and Sara Gilbert. My wife and I watched it on tape from the original presentation on the LifeTime channel. I cried all through the movie. There were some dramatic moments. One was when the hunters found Simpson. Simpson acted just as was expected of a black in those days. Another was the town meeting. It took courage for Mary Agnes to come through with the truth.The child molestation was treated as was the custom in those days: Don't believe the kids, it can't happen here, a black man was responsible. I believe that any young ladies, black or white, would benefit much from watching this video. It treats a delicate subject in a way that youngsters could relate to. For the screen play and the excellent performance of the actors, I heartily give this 5 star rating on a par with "To Kill a Mocking Bird.""