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Something of Value
Movie: Something of Value(June 1957 (USA))[tt0050993] Although Peter and Kimani grew up together, Kimani soon finds that different races are treated differently. After Kimani's father is jailed for following tribal customs, Kimani joins a band of rebels that wants all non-Kenyans out of their country. While Kimani believes in the cause, he does not agree with the indiscriminate killing of women, children, and those who will not join or agree with them. Even after the Mau Mau murder his little sister and brother, Peter still believes that there is a chance for peaceful co-existence and that he can stop most of the killing if he can reason with Kimani. Written byTony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>
Title Something of Value
Release Date June 1957 (USA)
Runtime
Genres Drama, War
Production Companies Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Rock Hudson
Rock Hudson...
Henry's Son - Peter...
Dana Wynter
Dana Wynter...
Peter's Betrothed - Holly...
Wendy Hiller
Wendy Hiller...
Henry's Daughter - Elizab...
Juano Hernandez
Juano Hernandez...
Njogu - Oath Giver...
William Marshall
William Marshall...
Leader - Intellectual in ...
Robert Beatty
Robert Beatty...
Elizabeth's Husband - Jef...
Walter Fitzgerald
Walter Fitzgerald...
A White Settler - Henry M...
Michael Pate
Michael Pate...
A Farmer - Joe Matson...
Ivan Dixon
Ivan Dixon...
Lathela - Loyal Gun-Beare...
Ken Renard
Ken Renard...
Karanja - Father of Kiman...
Frederick O'Neal
Frederick O'Neal...
Adam Marenga - Mau-Mau Le...
Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier...
Kimani Wa Karanja...

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bkoganbing on 14 August 2009
Thoughtful people around the world have despaired for Africa, the most abused and exploited continent on our globe. The year that the film version of Robert Ruark's novel Something Of Value came out, the first colony of British Africa, the Gold Coast became the independent Republic of Ghana under Kwame Nkrumah. When we see film like Leonardo DiCpario's Blood Diamond come out fifty years later, you have to wonder whether Africa's many problems will ever be solved in the lifetime of most of us.Rock Hudson and Sidney Poitier play childhood friends who grew up side by side in Kenya colony. But race and racial politics have driven them apart as Poitier has joined the nascent Mau Mau movement whose mission it was to kill all the white settlers and drive them from their part of the continent. Hudson who believes the races can peaceful exist together in the Kenya colony and soon to be independent country wants to reconcile with Poitier. The film concerns his attempts to do so.Some very good supporting performances by Dana Wynter, Wendy Hiller, Ivan Dixon, and William Marshall are in Something Of Value. Best scene in the film other than the final confrontation with Hudson and Poitier is Hudson's father played by Robert Beatty successfully breaking down Mau Mau leader Juano Hernandez into giving up his cohorts. Beatty's knowledge of the Kikuyu tribe culture comes into play here.The white racist attitudes are exemplified by Michael Pate whose Australian accent makes him sound the most authentically African or the closest to it among the white cast members.Sad to say this most authentic of African stories is still very relevant today as seen by the critical and popular acclaim that Blood Diamond received in 2006. Hudson, Poitier, and the rest of the cast do some of their best work in Something Of Value.

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