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Sounder Details


Martin Ritt's big-screen adaptation of William H. Armstrong's Newberry Award winning novel, Sounder stars Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, and Kevin Hooks as a black family struggling through life in depression-era Louisiana. The Morgan family is poor, but close. Young son David (Hooks) enjoys hunting with his father Nathan (Paul Winfield) and his trusted dog Sounder. Eventually, they fall on such rough times that Nathan steals a loaf of bread to feed his family, but he is arrested and sentenced to a work camp. Mother Rebecca (Tyson) realizes that David is now responsible for taking care of the family. He sets out to locate where his father is being held, and becomes involved in a school for black children where he learns facts that give him a new level of self-esteem. Sounder was nominated for a variety of Academy Awards, including Best Picture. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi


Awarded by
National Board of Review Cicely Tyson Best Supporting Actress 1972 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Cicely Tyson Best Actress 1972 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Cicely Tyson Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1972 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cicely Tyson Best Actress 1972 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Kevin Hooks New Star of the Year - Male 1972 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Martin Ritt Best Director 1972 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Winfield Best Actor 1972 Nominee


Cicely Tyson
as Rebecca Morgan
Paul Winfield
as Nathan Lee Morgan
Kevin Hooks
as David Lee Morgan
Carmen Mathews
as Mrs. Boatwright
Taj Mahal
as Ike
Janet MacLachlan
as Camille Johnson
Ted Airhart
as Mr. Perkins
Myrl Sharkey
as Mrs. Clay
Yvonne Jarrell
as Josie Mae Morgan
James Best
as Sheriff Young
Inez Durham
as Clerk
Spencer Bradford
as Clarence


Martin Ritt
John A. Alonzo
Taj Mahal
Composer (Music Score)
Taj Mahal
Sid Levin