This is a post dedicated to The Fredric March Blogathon being held over at Pure Entertainment Preservation Society
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“I’m the sheriff. Not the white sheriff. Not the black sheriff. Not the soul sheriff. But, the *sheriff*!” – Jimmy Price
Number of Times Seen – 1 (29 Aug 2021)
Brief Synopsis – A recently elected Black sheriff in a county in the deep south must deal with racism after taking office.
My Take on it – Intriguing idea that isn’t as powerful as one might hope despite the amazing cast.
Jim Brown is great in the lead role and manages to hold his own throughout.
George Kennedy does a stellar job as the ousted sheriff who must come to terms with his new lot in life while still wanting to find a way to uphold the law.
The stand out here tho is Fredric March in a small yet important role as the mayor of the town who has his opinions on things yet also wants to juggle the politics despite all of the tension that is brewing in town.
The film does a very nice job depicting the various problems that people in the South faced during these times and they allow for things to seem quite realistic in the way that it all plays out.
The story was probably much more powerful when it came out possibly due more to the shock value of the premise.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Most of the original soundtrack that was recorded by the Glaser Brothers was removed in 1972 when this movie made its television debut. It was redubbed with the soundtrack from A Time to Sing (1968), performed by Hank Williams, Jr. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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