MOVIES SIMILAR TO NOTHING BUT A MAN
African-American rail worker Duff Anderson (Ivan Dixon) has left his 4-year old son with a nanny, and now drifts through life with little ambition. Duff’s outlook on life changes when he meets schoolteacher Josie Dawson (Abbey Lincoln), a gentle preacher’s daughter. Although Josie’s father (Stanley Greene) disapproves of Duff’s lifestyle, the two eventually marry. Duff and Josie struggle to hold on to their marriage as Duff must face up to the oppressive racism of 1960s America.
At a party, Lelia (Lelia Goldoni), a young African-American girl with a light complexion, meets Tony (Anthony Ray), a somewhat callow white musician, and they begin a romance. Lelia thinks she’s in love, but Tony is surprised when he meets her older brother, Hugh (Hugh Hurd), and realizes she’s black. Hugh is an unsuccessful singer with a hostile attitude, while Lelia’s other sibling, Ben (Ben Carruthers), is trying to make it as a trumpet player when he isn’t getting into trouble.
2. DO THE RIGHT THING
Salvatore “Sal” Fragione (Danny Aiello) is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. A neighborhood local, Buggin’ Out (Giancarlo Esposito), becomes upset when he sees that the pizzeria’s Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian actors. Buggin’ Out believes a pizzeria in a black neighborhood should showcase black actors, but Sal disagrees. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to Buggin’ Out and to other people in the neighborhood, and tensions rise.
3. THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR
A former CIA agent (Lawrence Cook) organizes black teenagers into well-trained guerrilla bands bent on overthrowing the white establishment.
4. THE LIBERATION OF L.B. JONES
A wealthy undertaker seeks to engage a respected lawyer to represent him in a divorce action against his young wife.
5. A RAISIN IN THE SUN
Lena Younger (Phylicia Rashad) receives a settlement from her husband’s life insurance policy and then must decide what to do with the money. She wants to move out of their apartment into a house in a more genteel neighborhood. Her eldest son, Walter (Sean Combs), aspires to be an entrepreneur. Daughter Beneatha (Sanaa Lathan) hopes to go to medical school. Though their aspirations collide, they try to find a way to retain their family’s cohesion.