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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (1978)

With the land to hold them together, nothing can tear the Logans apart. Why is the land so important to Cassie's family? It takes the events of one turbulent year- the year of the night ... See full summary »


Jack Smight


Arthur Heinemann (teleplay), Mildred D. Taylor (novels)
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Claudia McNeil ... Big Ma
Janet MacLachlan ... Mary Logan
Robert Christian Robert Christian ... David Logan
Larry B. Scott ... T.J.
Roy Poole ... Granger
Rockne Tarkington ... Morrison
John Cullum ... Mr. Jamison
Morgan Freeman ... Uncle Hammer
Lark Ruffin Lark Ruffin ... Cassie
Tony Ross Tony Ross ... Stacey
Rodney King Adams Rodney King Adams ... Christopher John
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Homer Best James Homer Best ... Melvin
Charlie Briggs Charlie Briggs ... Kaleb Wallace (as Charles Briggs)
Christian Garrison Christian Garrison ... Bus Driver
David Haley David Haley ... R.W.


With the land to hold them together, nothing can tear the Logans apart. Why is the land so important to Cassie's family? It takes the events of one turbulent year- the year of the night riders and the burnings, the year a white girl humiliates Cassie in public simply because she is black- to show Cassie that having a place of their own is the Logan family's lifeblood. It is the land that gives the Logans their courage and pride- no matter how others may degrade them, the Logans possess something no one can take away. Written by elcarrone

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Release Date:

2 June 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ukkosen vuosi See more »

Filming Locations:

Mississippi, USA See more »

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Tomorrow Entertainment See more »
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Alternate Versions

The original 1978 version of this film ran for almost 4 hours, and was shown over 2 nights in July of 1978. This version resembled the book much more than the current one does. Several scenes in the book, but are not in the current version ARE in the original 1978 cut, such as scenes involving the first day of school, a school bus, and mama getting fired because of Mr. Granger. After the first version was shown, the movie was heavilly edited down, removing all of Part one, exept for certain parts that were abruptly edited into Part 2. Small portions of some of the scenes in the first part (Little Man throwing a book on the ground, Mama putting paper over the inside cover of a textbook, the kids digging a trap for the bus to get stuck in, Mr. Morrison introducing himself) appear in a pre-title sequence, not unlike the kind of introduction for part 2 of a two part TV episode. Also, the final scene in Part one is kept, for it has much to do with the events of Part 2. See more »


One Step at a Time
Lyric by Robb Royer
Music by Fred Karlin
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Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry is a great film
25 November 2006 | by csb_32See all my reviews

I remember seeing this film as a kid and thinking that it was a great film. The film was very entertaining to me.I have also read the book and I feel that the film is just as great as the book.I cannot understand how people do not like this film. I feel that the film gives a great account of just how hard it was for African-Americans to live in the early 1900's.I felt that the actors and actresses did a wonderful job as well.There are wonderful actors in this film like Larry B.Scott. Oscar Award winning actor Morgan Freeman is also in this film.It has been such a long since I have seen this film. In fact, I am looking for a copy of this film. That's how much I like it. It is most definitely a classic.

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