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The Well
The Well
Actors: Gwendolyn Laster, Richard Rober, Maidie Norman, George Hamilton, Ernest Anderson
Directors: Leo C. Popkin, Russell Rouse
Genres: Drama
NR     2007     1hr 26min

When Carolyn Crawford, a 5-year-old black girl, falls into a well near her small, racially-divided hometown, her disappearance and rumors of her wandering off with a white stranger cause the population to erupt into a sudd...  more »


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Actors: Gwendolyn Laster, Richard Rober, Maidie Norman, George Hamilton, Ernest Anderson
Directors: Leo C. Popkin, Russell Rouse
Creators: Ernest Laszlo, Leo C. Popkin, Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene, Harry M. Popkin
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Classics
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Black and White,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 02/20/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/1951
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1951
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 26min
Screens: Black and White,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Nanette Sims | Detroit, MI United States | 01/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I can remember at age 9 sitting home in my living room all alone watching this movie. It caught my eye because of the racial issues involved. The disapperance of a black child caused a huge uproar in a small town. She was last seen talking to a white man who was later accused of kidnapping her. The turn of events are really interesting. I purchased this movie last year and watched it again for the second time. This is a very captivating classic. I am glad I was able to add it to my video collection."
A timeless classic | St. Louis Mo. | 12/24/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A Black child slowly walks across a field picking flowers. As she appears in full view, she seems to drop off the bottom of the screen. The camera now move up and focuses down on a small well that she has fallen into. Dimitri Tiompkin's music profoundly enhances this scene and the rest of the movie. When she is reported missing, the police determine that the last person to see her was a white man (the actor is Henry Morgan, later known as Harry Morgan from Dragnet and MASH). The scenes of racial turmoil, interspersed with the scene of the field where the girl fell into the well, produce a feeling of disquieting intensity in the viewer. Even 40 after seeing The Well for the first time, I still get chills watching it."
Classic Black and White Film (In more ways than one)
Andre M. | 05/12/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie was filmed on location in Marysville and Yuba City, CA in 1950. The towns were supposed to portray a town in the deep south such as Georgia or Mississippi. The students in the class room scenes were kids from the Marysville Elementary School, first grade. I know because I was in the scenes. As extras, we were paid the sum of $15.00. Another scene was taken next to the school where a black lady was almost run down by a car. The school students were in another scene playing on playground equipment at the park. Many of the historic buildings shown in both Yuba City and Marysville are still standing today, 1999.For an enjoyable movie with a good ending, watch it!"
Interesting and underrated
Andre M. | Mt. Pleasant, SC United States | 09/29/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is a pretty fascinating little film. The other reviewers have pretty much told the story , so I won't be repetitive on that.But what is really interesting is the portrayal of the Black characters. The film aviods rank stereotypes of the time and most of the Black characters are shown as decent, intellligent, and well-spoken (aside from the thuggish rioters, who are not the main characters). Similarly, it's also good that the film makes differences between the wild White rioters and the decent White characters who try to stop the madness. Overall, a very anti-racist film for it's time that deserves to be better known. Yeah, some of the dialogue and actiong are corny by modern standards, but it's still a good film that is really more about good vs. evil than Black vs, White."