The Learning Tree

1969

Drama

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 71%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 89%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 1175

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Cast

Hope Summers as Mrs. Kiner
Steven Perry as Jappy
Dub Taylor as Spikey
Don Dubbins as Harley Davis, Defense Attorney
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981.16 MB
1280*544
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 47 min
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1.78 GB
1920*816
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 47 min
P/S counting...

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 8 / 10

tapestry of racism

Newton Winger is a black teenager in a 1920s mixed rural community of Cherokee Flats, Kansas with underlying racism. He follows his friend Marcus Savage to steal apples from Jake Kiner's orchard. Jake catches Marcus and whips him. Racist Sheriff Kirky shots a negro in the back for dice gambling in the woods and later arrests Marcus for putting Jake into the hospital. Judge Cavanaugh sends him to prison. Newt's respected mother works for the judge and sends him to work for Jake to atone for his transgression. He is dating sweet Arcella Jefferson and she gets raped by the judge's son Chauncey. Marcus is on parole and living with his illiterate father Booker. Growing up without a mother has left him angry. Booker kills Jake while stealing his booze. Newt secretly witnesses the incident and fears an explosion of racial reprisals.

There is so much realism in the race subject matter which has echoes of truth in today's world. It's written and directed by Gordon Parks who is better known for directing the blaxploitation icon Shaft. He uses his childhood in Kansas and the Midwest to breathe sincerity into his characters. The young lead does lack big charisma but he fits the young black man very well. Whether intentional or not, he has the sense of a normal young black man, uncertain and struggling to grow up. He and Marcus serve as two different paths into manhood dictated by their family. They're not shocked by the constant racism and are not cowed by them. The white people in the story comes in all shades. It weaves a complex tale of good and evil. It is adapted from Gordon's novel and could use some trimming. There is a lot going on. The vast tapestry of racism is almost a character in itself. It would serve the story better to expand it into a mini-series. With the ways of present day streaming, I hope somebody finds this material.

Reviewed by weezeralfalfa 9 / 10

Just watch it if you can

Seminal film about race relations in 1920s America, in particular, Kansas. Based upon the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, by African American Gordon Parks, who also was the director. In fact, he is said to have been the first African American director in Hollywood. Filmed by the independent company of Winger Productions, and distributed by Warner. Filmed on location around Fort Scott, Kansas, and in the Warner sound studios. There is a fair amount of violence, at the individual level, but no lynchings. There was talk of a lynching in the court room. The Caucasian sheriff shot 2 African American teens, on separate occasions, both in or adjacent to their swimming place. An African American kills a Caucasian, although initially another Caucasian is blamed, with good reason. This African American then shoots himself, after a teen African American claims to have seen the whole incident.........It's also a story of the coming of age of one African American teen. ..........Highly recommended for all races. Available on DVD, as well as on YouTube. I saw it on TCM on Martin Luther King day.

Reviewed by juanmuscle 10 / 10

I like this movie a lot!

I watched it now in the future present. I really enjoyed how they wrote it and how the cops and the people and the other people talked and communicated and I loved the whole process. But the best part was a very good transition between social castes and ideologies, it was all very good.

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