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The Learning Tree1969

The Learning Tree (1969)




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Autobiographical drama based on photographer Gordon Parks's 1963 novel, about the coming-of-age of a black teenager in rural Kansas during the 1920s.

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Dana Elcar
as Sheriff
Joel Fluellen
as Uncle Rob
Mira Waters
as Arcella Jefferson
Russell Thorson
as Judge Cavanaugh
Peggy Rea
as Miss McClintock
Carole Lamond
as Big Mabel
Kevin Hagen
as Doc Cravens
James 'Jimmy' Rushing
as Chappie Logan
Dub Taylor
as Spikey
Felix Nelson
as Jack Winger
George Mitchell
as Jake Kiner
Don Dubbins
as Harley Davis
Jon Lormer
as McCormack
Morgan Sterne
as Mr. Hall
Thomas Anderson
as Pastor Broadnap
Philip Roye
as Pete Winger
Hope Summers
as Mrs. Kiner
Alfred Jones
as Cap'n Tuck
Zooey Hall
as Chauncey Cavanaugh
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Critic Reviews for The Learning Tree

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

The Learning Tree is a sentimental, sometimes awkward, but ultimately moving film about the growing-up of a black teenager in rural Kansas during the 1920s.

October 16, 2007 | Full Review…

The restraint, the composure, the sufficiency of the sentimental gesture constitute a small gift for memory and a real victory in the first stages of this filmmaker's career.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Touching autobiographical story with brilliant cinematography.

August 16, 2003 | Rating: 4/5
Top Critic

It's conventional and rather toothless.

January 1, 2000

a compelling narrative that addresses the realities of black life in America within the familiar framework of a moving coming-of-age tale whose emotional peaks and valleys are the stuff of shared human experience to which anyone can relate

February 2, 2022 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

[The Learning Tree] is one of the finest movies you will ever have the pleasure of viewing. It is superior in every aspect; the photography is entrancing, the direction is sensitive and consistently excellent, the acting is thoroughly professional.

December 13, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Learning Tree

A Grand Classic of Black Cinema brilliantly directed by Gordon Parks!!! Being the first feature to be directed by black man for a major film studio,this film shows 1920's Kansas as a brutal,hostile racist place and the experiences four friends encounter during the era of Jim Crow in the Midwest. Brilliant performances throughout from not only debut actor and newcomer Kyle Johnson,but also from Estelle Evans and Dana Elcar.

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