The Last Brickmaker in America
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Academy Award® winner Sidney Poitier delivers a stirring performance as an honest laborer fighting for tradition in The Last Brickmaker in America. The story follows Henry Cobb (Poitier), who has proudly poured 57 years of sweat and blood into his family's brickyard. After toiling from dusk until dawn every day but Sunday, Henry's passion for his work disappears and is replaced by grief from the death of his wife and fear of automation's increasing hold on American manufacturing.
Then, 12-year-old Danny Potter enters Henry's life. Henry becomes a mentor to the boy, offering Danny a refuge from his bickering parents and the role model he so desperately needs. In turn, Danny rejuvenates Henry's passion for life. Featuring rich imagery, production values, and supporting performances, The Last Brickmaker in America is a powerful and uplifting family film about integrity and friendship that will capture hearts across generations for years to come.
Writer: Richard Leder
Director: Gregg Champion
Producer: James Nasser, Derek Kavanaugh
Runtime: 85 min.
Here is a wonderful story about a young boy and an elderly gentleman that meet and come together to help one another. The older man dealing with the loss of his wife and his business of making brick while the young boy has to deal with his parent's separation and his attitude about the situation. Together Mr. Cobb and Danny build bricks for the new library, and while they are making bricks they build a friendship and repair the emotional baggage that each of them carry.
Sidney Poitier as the kind Mr. Cobb brings this character to life as the insightful mentor for this young boy Danny and family. We are proud to award this DVD the Dove "Family-Approved" Seal.
Violence: Boy breaks school window and writes graffiti on wall.
Other: Disrespectful attitudes; boy runs away from home; discussion regarding divorced parents: discussion regarding leaving home at a young age.