Blood Done Sign My Name

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Even among civil rights movies, Blood Done Sign My Name is remarkably earnest, but its big heart can't cover for the bland acting and TV-style melodrama that blunts the movie's impact.

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In 1970 Henry Marrow, a black Vietnam veteran, is murdered by a local white man, Robert Teel, and his sons. The Teels were acquitted by an all-white jury, which caused riots and arson in Oxford, N.C.

Cast

Nate Parker
as Ben Chavis
Rick Schroder
as Vernon Tyson
Nick Searcy
as Robert Teel
Lela Rochon
as Roseana Allen
Afemo Omilami
as Golden Frinks
Martin Thompson
as Judge Linwood Peoples
Michael May
as Gerald Teel
Gattlin Griffith
as Young Tim Tyson
Lee Norris
as Roger Oakley
Michael Rooker
as Defense Attorney Billy Watkins
Omar Benson Miller
as Herman Cozart
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Critic Reviews for Blood Done Sign My Name

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (14)

  • You can't deny the inspirational qualities of the story or Parker's screen presence, any more than you could accuse the film of subtlety or of masking its conspicuous pro-Christian agenda.

    Feb 24, 2010 | Rating: 2/5

    David Fear

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Though it can't quite transcend its filmmaker's earnest intentions, this solemn history lesson offers several powerful moments.

    Feb 19, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Along the way there are many fine, precisely observed moments showing what race relations were like in this little tobacco town at the turn of the decade.

    Feb 19, 2010 | Full Review…
  • What the film lacks in psychological nuance it makes up for in unassuming, intimate social observation.

    Feb 19, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • The story is well-told and well worth telling.

    Feb 19, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • Beautifully shot and well-acted, if earnest, overlong and unfocused.

    Feb 19, 2010 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Blood Done Sign My Name

  • Mar 02, 2011
    Racism--one of the most dirty words. It has been raising its ugly head since the birth of America. This true story will make you cringe with its relentless brutality, and appalling injustice! This town reacted to the crime this movie is based on by closing in the ranks of the whites, and eventually running their new pastor out of town. White supremacy died a SLOW death in the deep South.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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