My Sweet Charlie Film Details
Overview: A pregnant white Southern girl and a black New York lawyer, both on the run in rural Texas, meet up in a boarded-up, abandoned house and realize they both need each other in order to …
Review: Granted, I am biased in that I have been a long-time fan of Ms. Duke’s, dating back to 1962. But I am objective enough in my observations as a student of film, and a video producer myself, to realize – and highly recommend – the excellence of this splendid television production, adapted from the novel by David Westheimer. The writing, acting, direction and production values are quite above-norm. Filmed entirely on location in Texas, the film captures the realistic flavor of the novel, which focused on the conflict naturally evolving between an uneducated, white, pregnant teenager and a black Northern attorney, drawn fatefully together by circumstances and differing forms of social prejuidice. The characters, as portrayed by Ms. Duke and Mr. Freeman, emerge as possibly one of the finest two-character studies ever produced for television. Ms. Duke won her first Emmy award (1970) for her exceptional work in this production. Producers Levinson & Link (who were then novices), also received an Emmy for their script, as did Ed Abroms for editing. Director Lamont Johnson was awarded the coveted DGA for Best TV Director. In total, the film received 8 Emmy nominations. This was not only a critically acclaimed production; CHARLIE received a 31.7 rating and 48 Nielsen share. It represents a “breakthrough” effort in the TV industry arena. Due to its unprecedented success, writers and producers were encouraged to develop other serious-subject, controversial projects for the networks, vs. Hollywood. CHARLIE laid the groundwork for other TV productions, like ROOTS, THE EXECUTION OF PRIVATE SLOVIK, and many more above-par TV productions, to occur. Although now 30+ years old, the film stands as an important work that honestly reflected our society’s (still-existent) racial tensions and misunderstandings. It remains a brilliant hallmark in the evolution of better television fare.
Duration: 97 min
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