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Tuesday Morning Ride (1995)

| Short, Drama
Tuesday Morning Ride was based on the short story "A Summer Tragedy", by Arna Bontemps, a Harlem Renaissance writer. Set in the 1930s, the story depicts an old man and woman who feel they ... See full summary »

Director:

Dianne Houston

Writers:

Arna Bontemps (story "A Summer Tragedy"), Dianne Houston
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Vivian Bonnell ... Delta
Bill Cobbs ... Jeff
Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Carver
Ruby Dee ... Jennie
Erica Gimpel ... Modine
Cree Summer ... Sherry
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Tuesday Morning Ride was based on the short story "A Summer Tragedy", by Arna Bontemps, a Harlem Renaissance writer. Set in the 1930s, the story depicts an old man and woman who feel they have nothing to live for, since their children do not visit. They are so depressed that they eventually take themselves over a cliff. Houston's portrayal of the characters is different. The elderly couple wake up on a Tuesday morning and finish preparing for their last few hours in their home before they have to move into an old people's home. The couple has everything to live for, but lack a society to do it in. Written by Unknown

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Chanticleer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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great period piece
24 July 2006 | by mjddajrSee all my reviews

This is not a film about going anywhere. Cobb and Dee truly humanize the plight of sharecroppers and flesh out the story A SUMMER TRAGEDY by Arna Bontemp, the Louisiana African American writer. He won numerous awards for this story in 1932.

An elderly couple have reached an impasse, they can no longer take care of each other or the land, and their sharecropper boss is forcing them off the land. They put on their Sunday clothes, and spoil each other and prepare for their great migration, their trip to the "promised land", their own death.

As they say goodbye to their life's work, to their friends and to each other, you get a real sense of the tragedy of the Great Depression and the plight of any African American caught in the vicious grip of sharecropping in the South. But there's no bitterness, no caustic diatribe to detract from the beautiful story of love and compassion these two characters have for each other. The story is one of redemption, not suicide, because they make the only decision that could be made and they make it together.


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