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Sounder — a family movie made in Louisiana next at Murphy Library

Posted on: November 5, 2013

Forty years ago Cicely Tyson received an Oscar nomination for her role in Sounder, a movie about a Depression-era sharecropper’s family in Louisiana. The Murphy Library is showing Tyson’s 1972 film Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The library adds 4 p.m. screenings during winter months. Running time is 105 minutes and it is rated G.

The story begins as David Lee Morgan (Kevin Hooks), his father (Paul Winfield) and their special dog, Sounder, hunt raccoons in the dark to help feed their family. One night they return empty-handed and the desperate father steals a ham to feed his children. Soon he is arrested and sent to prison.

His wife, Rebecca (Cicely Tyson) and the three children sharecrop the fields to make enough to eat. Then, one day Rebecca sends David Lee to find his father and along the way he discovers a special school. Directed by Martin Ritt who also made Hud, Norma Rae, and Cross Creek.

And forty years later, Cicely Tyson, now an Atlanta resident, is still a winner. She won a Tony Award on Broadway this year at the age of 80. Call 837-2417 for details

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