10,000 Black Men Named George

Network Premier: February 24, 2002
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Synopsis

“10,000 Black Men Named George” follows the formation of “the brotherhood,” which fought for the rights of sleeping car porters on trains.

Dove Review

“10,000 Black Men Named George” is a very moving story, but it has a few areas that could be cleaned. The plot is morally strong, and it is a great movie depicting the mistreatment and struggles of African American porters in the 1930s.

The movie does well in expressing the conditions and treatment of the porters, using such situations as: calling every porter “George;” white passengers blaming crimes on the black porters to put themselves in the right; one drinking passenger tries to make a porter sleep with her (exposes herself, nudity); among other things. The biggest issue I have with the movie is that there is quite a lot of profanity that should be cleaned up, and some violence, which is not meant for younger audiences. “10,000 Black Men Named George” is a strong, emotional story of struggles, both in personal stories and in general. If not for the profanity and strong violent content it would be highly recommended.

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Company: Showtime Networks, Inc.
Director: Robert Townsend
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 89 min.
Industry Rating: TV-14
Reviewer: Sara Long