A subtle movie with Gosset and Mazzello
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I just bought this movie after I had seen it on tv. So why buy it? Well I guess it was because of the actors delivering a good performance; Gossett jr. and Mazzello are a safe choice to get energy in the film. This movie tells the story of a small boy who has a hard time getting raised by a father who isn't to keen on black people, let's call him a racist. This reflects on the boy at first but after some dramatic moments he has the insight that blacks are people just like everybody else. The storyline is very thin, but Joseph Mazzello and Louis Gossett jr. lift the film to a good level. Mazzello is adoring in his sorrow and hope. Gossett is a kewl adult, who teaches a kid the basic elements of fatherly love. The film would do a great job on schools as an introduction to prejudice and biggotism. So I guess I can recommend this film to anyone who cares."
Love trumps hate
Lady Carrie | Lebanon, OR | 02/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is absolutely one of my favorite movies, ever. I was lucky enough to capture it on VHS way back when it first aired 10+ years ago. I have watched my old VHS version over and over again, and have shared it so many times with extended family, that I finally decided it was time to upgrade to DVD. What I adore so much about this story is the powerful portrayal of how love and undeserved mercy can reverse the effects of hate, and win the enemy over to higher thinking and being. The story illustrates the greatest height of human character: a willingness to choose to "do good to those who persecute you." Add to this the old-fashioned charm of yester-year (the setting is the era of the great depression); and add the truly excellent performances of the cast, and you have a timeless, beautiful treasure on film. If you prefer to see the good guys win, and win big, then you'll love this movie. Due to the historically accurate racial violence in the film, I recommend parents of very young children watch it first to determine appropriateness. Otherwise it is family programming at its very best. Thank you Hollywood!"
A shameful part of American history
Charles Habersham | Beacon, New York | 11/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lous Gossett, Jr. did again, with the help of a talented young actor. Together and wove an intimate, touching story that dealt with the harsh realities of life in the old, wild west; a time where the color of a person's skin determines whether he stay alive or not."