"Master Harold and the Boys" with Ving Rhames Finally Gets Release

by Jasmin
April 27, 2011 4:47 AM
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In case you haven't had your fill of seeing the bond between black servants and their white employers on screen, Master Harold... and the Boys, starring Ving Rhames, will see its release in theaters this May, followed by a home video run beginning July 5th.

Based on the 1982 play of the same name by Athol Fugard, Master Harold... is set in South Africa at the beginning of apartheid and tells the story of Hally (Freddie Highmore), a vulnerable white teenager torn between the love of his racist, alcoholic father, and his love for Sam (Rhames), a black waiter in his mother's tea room. A far cry from the no-nonsense, heroic figure Rhames played in the film Rosewood over a decade ago? Perhaps.

Apparently Master Harold... was completed nearly two years ago, but was waiting to be scheduled for release. The film is directed by Lonny Price and also stars Patrick Mofokeng and Jennifer Steyn.

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5 Comments

  • sonofbaldwin | April 28, 2011 12:07 PMReply

    Sorry, Jug. I'm just tired of these variations on Uncle Tom and Mammy. I don't care how awesome the play was, it's still conciliatory racial propaganda.

    Why doesn't anyone ever talk about how old black men's familial relationships with young black men?

    Blu Topaz: I'm not afraid of being knee-jerk in these situations because the industry has never failed to disappoint.

  • Jug | April 28, 2011 6:01 AMReply

    @sonofbaldwin-I hear ya. But for me, it becomes propaganda, often by default, when the stories are one way, or the types of films are extremely repetitive. I can take something on it's own merit, good or bad. But once that's ALL that's told, then it becomes a problem. I LOVE me some Nino Brown, but if all we get is black gangster criminals, well you know the rest. The converse is true as well, for the super upbeat, faith based joints-they never really tend to dig into human machinations for behavior. It's just "I'm good or bad & I didn't pray hard enough". I'm oversimplifying but anyway...

    Basically, I wouldn't throw the baby out with the bathwater, because there are a great many films by black artists you could make the same argument about, even though the quality is very good. "Why does it have to be black black black" sort of thing. And that's why I said I don't know how the movie adaptation will turn out because stage to screen projects often get some sort of "paring down" so it's a lot clearer who to root for, root against, how to feel, etc. I learn more from murkiness in a project because my life is murky, I do the good and the bad, and I tend to see that more from indie films & stage.

    Now, will I rush out to see this version of MASTER HAROLD, probably not-mostly because it's not where my headspace is right now. But I won't dog the movie because of it's subject matter because my political yearnings happen to need more.

    On a side note, I agree with you wholeheartedly about the servant thing, etc. Just tired of seeing that as "the story to tell about humanity" because there's alwaaays a little celebration of that time period, and trust, it ain't for US LOL

  • BluTopaz | April 27, 2011 11:47 AMReply

    Funny you say that, because i was starting to wonder if i was having knee jerks to these types of films and not giving this one a chance. Still don't like the little White boy getting equal billing as Ving though.

  • Jug | April 27, 2011 9:35 AMReply

    Sorry sonofbaldwin, I can't go there with you on this one, as it is an amazing play. Have no idea how the movie will turn out, but they play is awesome. Originated by Zakes Mokae, Željko Ivanek & Danny Glover, it really deals with the fact that Apartheid (or as it's known in the US Jim Crow) destroys all individuals engaged in it, regardless of color. And to a larger extent, the systems we make for ourselves, that are built on a haves/have nots foundation, all chip away at our humanity daily.

    Definitely not Driving Miss Daisy II, but that corny, ABC Family poster suuurre makes it look like it don't it LOL

  • sonofbaldwin | April 27, 2011 6:37 AMReply

    DRIVING MISS DAISY II. "This time, Daisy is a boy." At theaters near you.

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