Nothing But a Man script
Synopsis: Nothing But a Man is a 1964 American independent drama film starring Ivan Dixon and Abbey Lincoln, and directed by Michael Roemer, who also co-wrote the film with Robert M. Young. The film tells the story of Duff Anderson, an African-American railroad worker in the early 1960s who tries to maintain his respect in a racist small town near Birmingham, Alabama, after he marries the local preacher's daughter. In addition to dealing with oppression and discrimination, Anderson must also come to terms with his troubled relationship with his own father, a drunk who abandoned and rejected him.

Duff studies Josie with a smile. She is clearly middle class. While she puts

food on a paper plate, she glances at him - matching his ironic detachment

with her own. She hands him the plate

DUFF:

Thank you, Ma'am. That's fine.

JOSIE:

You must be new in town.

DUFF:

(with a grin)

I'll have me some of that punch there, too.

She serves the punch.

JOSIE:

Haven't seen you around, have I?

DUFF:

No. I'm new in town.

JOSIE:

(unwilling to give up)

You working?

DUFF:

Yeah. On the section gang.

He is sure that this will put a stop to her curiosity. It doesn't.

JOSIE:

(interested)

Oh yeah?

DUFF:

You work around town?

JOSIE:

I'm a teacher.

DUFF:

Went to college, huh?

JOSIE:

In Birmingham.

DUFF:

Oh yeah? That's my home town.

JOSIE:

Your folks live there?

DUFF:

No. My mother's dead.

(after a moment)

You goin' back inside?

JOSIE:

Yes, aren't you?

DUFF:

No. Never had much use for hell-howlers. You

goin'?

JOSIE:

(with a smile)

My father's the preacher.

DUFF:

(grinning)

Oh yeah? Well, I guess you got no choice.

JOSIE:

That's right.

DUFF:

(a bit tentatively)

Look, I don't know what you been told 'bout

section gangs, but how 'bout seein' me sometime?

JOSIE:

(with a non-committal smile)

Maybe.

INT. CHURCH

The visiting revival preacher is in full swing, preaching and singing. The

congregation of women is in a state of high excitement. Josie alone seems out

of it, though she sits in their midst.

Duff has been standing in the doorway. He turns away.

EXT. CHURCH

Duff walks away, past a shack. The singing fades. A dog barks.

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Michael Roemer

Michael Roemer (born January 1, 1928) is a film director, producer and writer. He has won several awards for his films. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. A professor at Yale University, he is the author of Telling Stories. more…

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