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The Liberation of L.B. Jones (1970)



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In this William Wyler drama (the director's final film), a rich black man (Roscoe Lee Browne) is murdered after he refuses to stop divorce proceedings against his wife (Lola Falana), who is having an affair with a white cop (Anthony Zerbe).


Lee J. Cobb
as Oman Hedgepath
Anthony Zerbe
as Willie Joe Worth
Roscoe Lee Browne
as Lord Byron Jones
Lola Falana
as Emma Jones
Lee Majors
as Steve Mundine
Barbara Hershey
as Nella Mundine
Yaphet Kotto
as Sonny Boy Mosby
Arch Johnson
as Stanley Bumpas
Chill Wills
as Mr. Ike
Zara Cully
as Mama Lavorn
Ray Teal
as Police Chief
Eve McVeagh
as Miss Griggs, Secretary
Sonora McKeller
as Miss Ponsella
John Jackson
as Suspect
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Critic Reviews for The Liberation of L.B. Jones

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5)

The film is sufficiently confrontational, its incidents sufficiently agonizing and infuriating, to reflect back at viewers a frank, bitter, and outraged political diagnosis.

May 22, 2020 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, not much more than a... sexploitation film.

July 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Wyler sets up genre expectations of the liberal Hollywood movie that he then ruthlessly dismantles.

July 30, 2018 | Full Review…

A grim demonstration of the inadequacies of liberal compromise over the institutional conflicts of class and colour.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

I must say I wasn't bored by it, just depressed.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

Attempts to enlighten, educate, and inform, become bogged down in the rhetorical nonsense of a seemingly contrived situation, never justified, throughout the film, which leaves the viewer wondering if anyone involved is at all serious.

December 13, 2021 | Full Review…

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