Sounder script
Sounder (1972)
Synopsis: Sounder is a 1972 DeLuxe Color drama film in Panavision directed by Martin Ritt and starring Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, and Kevin Hooks. The film was adapted by Lonne Elder III from the 1970 Newbery Medal-winning novel Sounder by William H. Armstrong.

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NATHAN LEE:

(slams his rifle to the ground)

Dammit! And I remember the time when a bull

couldn't a stopped him from gettin' that

possum!

DAVID LEE kneels down and caresses SOUNDER's frame. NATHAN realizes that

DAVID is disturbed over his harshness.

NATHAN LEE:

Come here, son--

DAVID LEE goes to his father, who kneels to him, and puts both of his huge

hands on the boy's shoulders.

NATHAN LEE:

It's all right. He did his job -- I just got

foolish for a minute.

He gives the boy a quick embrace and rises to his feet --

NATHAN LEE:

If anybody's to blame, it's me -- I oughta

nailed him when I took that shot.

DAVID LEE:

It was too dark, Daddy.

NATHAN LEE:

Yeah. We better git back to house now.

NATHAN puts his hand on SOUNDER's neck, gives him an affectionate rub. They

gather their equipment and head for home. They move out of the brush area on

to a pathway.

EXT. ROAD AND CABIN - NIGHT

This area of the road is about ten hundred feet from the front yard of the

cabin. The yard is wide, and stretches out to the very edges of the road

which comes to a horseshoe deadend about two hundred feet at the far end of

their cabin.

NATHAN LEE:

In all the years me and Sounder been tracking

down possums and coons in these woods -- he

ain't tore one of 'em up yet... He always

brought 'em back whole and healthy... And

that's the difference between a hound dog

that's dirty and mean, to one that's great

like ol' Sounder here.

EXT. THE CABIN'S FRONT YARD - NIGHT

They move through the yard, up the steps, on to the porch, and open the door

to the house.

INT. THE KITCHEN-SITTING ROOM - NIGHT

NATHAN, DAVID, and SOUNDER step into the cabin. It is an old house but it is

the home of the Morgan family so it is kept neat and clean at all times. To

one side of the area is a kitchen table, a wood stove, and an old beat-up

cabinet. To the other side are two old rockers, an old dresser, and one or

two pieces of other old living room furniture -- there are three portals in

this area:
the backdoor in the kitchen section which leads to the backyard,

and two in the sitting room which leads to the childrens' and NATHAN and

REBECCA's rooms.

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Lonne Elder III

Lonne Elder III (December 26, 1927 – June 11, 1996) was an American actor, playwright and screenwriter. Elder was one of the leading African American figures who aggressively informed the New York theater world with social and political consciousness. He also wrote scripts for television and film. His most well known play, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men won him a Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Playwright and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. The play, which was about a Harlem barber and his family, was produced by the Negro Ensemble Company in 1969. more…

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