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.

BUNK CAR (Night)

Duff, Frankie, Jocko, and an older man (POP) are playing cards. While waiting

for his turn, Jocko catches a fly and sneaks a look at Frankie's cards.

JOCKO:

You got a lousy hand, Frankie.

Frankie throws down the cards.

FRANKIE:

Yeah, I quit.

He gets up. At loose ends, he picks up an old Flit-gun and squirts it at

Duff, who is polishing his shoes.

DUFF:

You got nothin' on your mind but your hair,

Frankie. How 'bout your car, Riddick?

RIDDICK:

Yeah, you can have it.

JOCKO:

Man, you won't like that back seat.

FRANKIE:

Man, why 'you messin' around with a gal like

that? You won't get no place.

JOCKO:

Hell, they're all after the same thing.

POP:

Yeah. All a colored woman wants is your money.

JOCKO:

What d'you know about women, Pop?

POP:

Well, I got married to one of them.

JOCKO:

Hell, I didn't know you was married.

POP:

Sure. Got a sixteen-year-old girl.

JOCKO:

Is that right?

(to Duff)

Think you're gonna make it with her?

FRANKIE:

Just get her drunk.

DUFF:

(to Riddick)

How 'bout the key?

FRANKIE:

I bet she's easy jam.

DAWSON DINING ROOM (Night)

A middle-class tableau. Dinner is over. Reverend Dawson is reading the paper.

Josie, dressed for an evening out, sits across from her step-mother, who is

looking at her with pursed lips.

MRS. DAWSON

I know you pay no mind to my feelings, but

d'you think it's right for you to go out with

him?

JOSIE:

I'm twenty-six years old, Susan.

MRS. DAWSON

Perhaps you ought to tell her, Frank.

Reverend Dawson has no stomach for confrontations, but turns to Josie

dutifully.

REVEREND DAWSON:

Well, we have a position in town, Josie. You

have to remember that. There're lots of other

young men.

MRS. DAWSON

I don't think your mother would have approved.

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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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