Heather Keets
March 04, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

Nothing But a Man

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Ivan Dixon, Abbey Lincoln, Julius Harris, Yaphet Kotto
director
Michael Roemer
genre
Drama

We gave it an A

Overlooked for nearly 30 years, the compelling Nothing But a Man is a treasure of African-American film. Ivan Dixon (Hogan’s Heroes) plays Duff Anderson, a black man trying to break his family’s cycle of neglect and self-loathing while maintaining his dignity in racially intolerant Alabama. Filmed in black and white during the tumultuous civil rights era, Nothing offers a subtle lesson in individual and community responsibility. Plus, jazz great Abbey Lincoln costars as Duff’s demure and patient wife.

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