Native Son

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Released 1986

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Director:
Jerrold Freedman
Released:
1986
Rating:
PG

Native Son is based off the Richard Wright's novel Native Son. The story involves Bigger Thomas, an angry Depression-era Chicago black who hopes to elevate himself through his chauffeur's job with a prosperous white Gold Coast family. The family's daughter takes advantage of Bigger's low status by ordering him to drive her to a rendezvous with her communist-activist lover. Their "parlor liberal" attitude both pleases and confuses Bigger, as do the girl's apparent sexual advances toward him. One evening, Bigger drives the girl home after she's gotten herself drunk. She flirts harmlessly with him in her bedroom; when her blind mother stumbles onto the scene, the terrified Bigger, certain that he'll be accused of rape, tries to muffle the girl so she can't talk. He accidentally kills her, whereupon the panicky Bigger hides the body and tries to pin the girl's "kidnapping" on her lover This murder trail becomes quite climactic.

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