Soul Cinema | Cornbread, Earl and Me

5 02 2011

The latest film that we will spotlight this month is very special to me. In addition to an amazing cast of veteran and respected actors, little Larry Fishburne made his debut in this engrossing 1975 drama, Cornbread, Earl and Me. He is credited as Laurence Fishburne III and co-starred with Moses Gunn, Rosalind Cash, Bernie Casey and Madge Sinclair.

Focuses on three African-American youths living in an urban neighborhood, who idolize star neighborhood basketball player Nathaniel Hamilton (Keith Wilkes) who also goes by the nickname of “Cornbread.” In the movie, he epitomizes the dream of the ‘hood to be successful, as he is about to become the first from the community to enter college on an athletic scholarship. He is also a local hero to friends Earl Carter (Tierre Turner) and Wilford Robinson (Fishburne).

The plot thickens after a pick-up basketball game ends because of a heavy rain, and all the kids run to the local store and hang out, waiting for the rain to end. All the kids leave, except for Cornbread, Earl and Wilford. Earl and Wilford get into a playful argument about how fast Cornbread can run home. It is decided that Cornbread should make it home in 25 seconds, so he runs off, after buying another soda for himself. Unbeknownst to all of them, an assault suspect is in the area, and is dressed similarly to Cornbread. The police are hot on the suspect’s trail, but lose him in the rain. As the police are coming out of an alleyway, they see Cornbread running by and mistake him for the suspect they’re looking for. Subsequently, Cornbread is shot in the back, and dies in the middle of the street. Wilford screams hysterically, and a riot ensues (“He killed Cornbread and he wasn’t doing nothing!”).

The coroner’s inquest is hampered by severe police intimidation, and no one knows anything about anything, except for Wilford, who becomes a man on the witness stand by telling exactly what he saw, in graphic detail. Long before he would become such legendary characters as Ike Turner, Othello and Morpheus, Fishburne held his own in this drama establishing the foundation for his long and distinguished career!

Once again, please give us your feedback by rating the film once you’ve concluded!

Check out the film below

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9



4 responses

5 02 2011
satura jackson

I remember this movie and I remember how it made me feel inside for each of the persons playing the parts how prowerful this movie was and still is the message is so clear it should be played this monthe and more often young people need this I need this it is truly food for the soul

9 02 2011

I love this movie, I have it on vhs and dvd. Cooley High is another powerful movie.

14 02 2011
al southern

this film began my recognition of the man constantly holding us down.

27 05 2011

I love this movie; It is very powerful to me

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