The Learning Tree

The Learning Tree

Director: Gordon Parks Cast: Kyle Johnson, Alex Clarke, Estelle Evans


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Gordon Parks' adaptation of his own novel The Learning Tree stars Kyle Johnson as Newt, a black teenager living in 1920s Kansas. He is an intelligent even-tempered young man who meets the many racial prejudices he faces with composure and pride. His best friend Marcus (Alex Clarke) is hot-headed and prone to react emotionally when confronted with life's problems. Newt gets into a difficult situation when he witnesses a murder and must decide if he should come forward to clear the man being framed for the crime. Doing so would forever change his own life, as well as Marcus'. In 1989, the film was selected to the National Film Registry in the Library of Congress.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2011
UPC: 0883316316986
Original Release: 1969
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:47:00
Sales rank: 25,380

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kyle Johnson Newt
Alex Clarke Marcus
Estelle Evans Sarah
Dana Elcar Sheriff Kirky
Mira Waters Arcella
Joel Fluellen Uncle Rob
Malcolm Atterbury Silas Newhall
Richard Ward Booker Savage
Russell Thorson Judge Cavanaugh
Peggy Rea Miss McClintock
Thomas Anderson Pastor Broadnap
Don Dubbins Harley Davis
Kevin Hagen Doc Cravens
Zooey Hall Chauncey Cavanaugh
Carole Lamond Big Mabel
Jon Lormer McCormack
George Mitchell Jake Kiner
Felix Nelson Jack Winger
Stephen Perry Jappy
Philip Roye Pete Winger
Saundra Sharp Prissy
Morgan Sterne Mr. Hall
Hope Summers Mrs. Kiner
Dub Taylor Spikey

Technical Credits
Gordon Parks Director,Score Composer,Producer,Screenwriter
Edward D. Engoron Art Director
Burnett Guffey Cinematographer
Tom McIntosh Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Miller Sound/Sound Designer
George Rohrs Editor
Albert J. Whitlock Special Effects

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