Green Pastures

Synopsis: God, heaven, and several Old Testament stories, including the Creation and Noah's Ark, are described supposedly using the perspective of rural, black Americans.
Genre: Drama
Production: Warner Home Video
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min


Here, you can look at it.

- Why does they call it the watch?

- 'Cause it watches.

- It ain't got no eyes.

- It don't need none.

We look at it, and it tells us the time.

How did it tell you to ring the bell?

It just look at me and say:

"Don't you think it's time for the

little children to come to Sunday school?"


This watch just says, "Tick, tick, tick."

That mean that it wanna go back

into Grandpappy's pocket.

Well, that's the best Sunday dinner

since I was here the last time.

Only that bell could pry me from the table.

- Come again soon, Mr. Deshee.

- Come again soon.

You want to walk

to the Sunday school with me, Carlisle?

Yes, sir.

Maybe by now

his stomach is too big to tote.

- I can tote it.

- Wipe your mouth off.

- Hurry up with Carlotta.

- She all ready.

Every Sunday you can't take him

because you ain't got your dishes done.

You call that getting your dishes done,

what you're doing?

Come on, Randolph.

That thing's gonna break your mind down.

Miss Prohack!


Can Viney and Carlotta

take Randolph with them?

Shoo him over.

You behave yourself like a citizen today.

Here he comes.

Come on, Carlotta.

Is the river going to rise again,

Mr. Deshee?

No, the weather's going to be fine now.

See the pretty cloud over there?

- Maybe that'll bring more rain.

- Not that kind of cloud.

What good is a cloud like that, then?

I don't know. Maybe De Lawd

just use them for sofa pillows.

What he do, lay his head on them?

- Maybe so.

- Hello, Myrtle.

- Hello, Carlisle. Hello, Mr. Deshee.

- Hello, Mr. Deshee.

- What's that one?

- Lion.

- What is a tiger?

- A tiger is a lion's wife.

You don't know, either.

- They ain't got anything like that up there.

- Let's see.

Yes, they have.

Will they have that thing

in the circus, Mr. Deshee?

If they do, I want to see it.

Come on. We can't talk about circuses

on De Lawd's time.

What's the story gonna be about today,

Mr. Deshee?

Ain't going to tell no story today.

We're going right to the Good Book itself.

- You're going to hear about Genesis.

- What's Genesis, Mr. Deshee?

Pick up your feet. You'll find out.

Get along there. We's late now.

"And all the days that Adam lived...

"were nine hundred and thirty years:

And he died.

"And Seth lived an hundred and five years,

and begat Enos:

"And Seth lived after he begat Enos

eight hundred and seven years...

"and begat sons and daughters:

"And all days that Seth lived...

"was nine hundred and twelve years:

And he died."

And it go on like that

until we come to Enoch.

And the book say,

"And Enoch lived sixty and five years...

"and begat Methuselah:

"Methuselah lived nine hundred and sixty

and nine years:
And he died."

And that was the oldest man

there ever was.

Well, for goodness' sake.

That's why we call old Mr. Gurney's

mammy "old Miss Methuselah"...

'cause she's so old.

Now how do you think

you're going to like the Bible?

I think it's just wonderful, Mr. Deshee.

I can't understand any of it.

- Well?

- Why did they live so long, Mr. Deshee?

They were mighty men in them days,

but although they was awful mighty...

they always knowed

that God was beyond them all.

What did God look like, Mr. Deshee?

Well, nobody know exactly.

I remember when I was a little boy...

I used to imagine

he looked just like our old preacher...

the Reverend Mr. Dubois.

He was the wisest

and finest looking man I ever seen.

What did the world look like

when De Lawd begin, Mr. Deshee?

How you mean, what it look like?

Carlisle mean

who was in New Orleans then.

There wasn't nobody in New Orleans...

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Roark Bradford

Roark Whitney Wickliffe Bradford (August 21, 1896 Lauderdale County, Tennessee — November 13, 1948 New Orleans, Louisiana) was an American short story writer and novelist. more…

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