The Southerner

Synopsis: Sam Tucker, a cotton picker, in search of a better future for his family, decides to grow his own cotton crop. In the first year, the Tuckers battle disease, a flood, and a jealous neighbor. Can they make it as farmers?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Jean Renoir
Production: VCI
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

This is a little souvenir...

picture of my best pal...

Sam Tucker and his folks

Believe me, they don't come no better...

Only, when old Sam gets an idea

in that hard head of his...

he don't behoove with nothin' else.

This is Nona...

Sam's wife.

And here's Sam's ma... a widow-woman

Ma ain't so young...

but her heart's still full of fire.

Harmie here ain't no Tucker...

just a good friend.

If he looks kinda

sheep-eyed, it's because

he's all lit up with that

flame in Ma's heart.

These are the youngest

of the Tucker clan.

Sam's kids... Daisy and Jotty.

And here's Sam's granny.

She didn't like having her

picture took, neither.

This one's me...

I'm a town man myself.

Only come home for fairs

and weddings and stuff.

That's how come I cherish

this picture show...

Makes me feel close to my friends,

to look at it.

Sam... Sam...

What's the matter, Uncle Pete?

- It's all so hot!

- Hey, Nona!

My hat...

You lie here, Uncle Pete...

Get some water.

It's my darned old heart.

You just lie here, Uncle Pete...

I'll finish your row for you.

Much obliged to you, Sam.

I gotta take my cotton back,

now, Honey.

I'll take care of Uncle Pete.

Uncle Pete's sick,

I'm gonna finish his row.

Where are you going

after the crop's over?

I figured I might stay here...

I got me a bulldozing job.

- Where are you going?

- I think I'm going north next year.

- Can I sit down?

- Hi fellas.

- Hot.

- Yeah.

How is he, Honey?

He ain't so good.

Look for yourself...

Grow your own crops.

You want some more water, Uncle Pete?

Grow your own crops.

I wish we could raise him

a tombstone.

That's for folks that got money.

Come here, "Zoomy".


My eyes hurt!

Oh, does it, Jotty?

Granny!... Granny!

Here, Honey... hold him.

Look at the fast grapes!

Don't you want any fast grapes, Granny?

I don't want to get mixed up

with no copperheads!

Already wearin' one crooky toe

on o' them scoundrels ruined!

Don't be a hog, Daisy...

Leave a few for the next fella!

I thought you was afeard of snakes!

I am... but that ain't no sign

I got to starve to death, is it?

You know that little San Pedro place

down near the river?

I heard of it... I ain't never seen it.

Well, that belongs to the boss, too.

Old Ike at the commissary

was tellin' me it was for rent.

Been layin' out there now

for three years...

It should be as rich as mud.

In the old days, old man Corinth used to

raise the best crops in the country on it.

If it's been layin' out all that time,

it'll take a whole year to clear it off.


Nony... Nony come here!

Behave yourself...

Don't you be always teasin' Granny.

I reckon I could ask old man Neward

for his mules...

He don't ever hardly use 'em,

no how.

Same with the bed of the crop.

As for seeds and fertilizer...

I bet I could make a deal with Harmie.

And as for a plough,

there's that old one of Pa's...

been layin' out in Ma's backyard

ever since he died...

Ain't been used for nothin'

but roostin' chickens on.

I'm gonna ask the boss about it.

Askin' don't do no harm.

No askin'... or work either...

don't harm a man.

After all, the boss

is a pretty good guy.

We always been friends.

Jotty, Dis, Granny... come on!

It's OK with me, Tucker...

I ain't interested in that piece o' land.

Too far away from my other property.

But just remember this...

If I ain't satisfied

with the way you're workin' it...

I aim to break that contract

any time I like.

It's alright with me, boss.

I like you, Tucker.

You're a good hard-worker.

And that's why I'm botherin' to warn you...

Now, I'm tellin' you again...

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Jean Renoir

Jean Renoir (French: [ʁənwaʁ]; 15 September 1894 – 12 February 1979) was a French film director, screenwriter, actor, producer and author. As a film director and actor, he made more than forty films from the silent era to the end of the 1960s. His films La Grande Illusion (1937) and The Rules of the Game (1939) are often cited by critics as among the greatest films ever made. He was ranked by the BFI's Sight & Sound poll of critics in 2002 as the fourth greatest director of all time. Among numerous honors accrued during his lifetime, he received a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award in 1975 for his contribution to the motion picture industry. Renoir was the son of the painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir. He was one of the first filmmakers to be known as an auteur. more…

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