Nothing But A Man

Cinedigm   (1964) / Region 1
Nothing But A Man

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40th Anniversary Special Edition

A landmark independent film, Nothing But A Man is one of the most sincere and sensitive pictures ever made about the struggles and hardships of Black life in 1960s America. Lauded by critics at the Venice and New York Film Festivals when it first premiered in 1963, this quietly moving, beautiful film remains as relevant and powerful today as it was then.

Set against the stirrings of the civil rights movement and a rising wave of burgeoning Black price, NOTHING BUT A MAN tells the story of Duff, a railroad section hand, who is f-rced to confront racial prejudice and self-denial when he falls in love with Josie, an educated preacher's daughter. Starring Ivan Dixon (Porgy and Bess, A Raisin in the Sun) and jazz great Abbey Lincoln in performances Siskel & Ebert called "terrific," it is ultimately an uplifting story about a man and a s woman whose love overcomes racial and class barriers. The original soundtrack features Motown stars Stevie Wonder, Mary Wells, Martha and the Vandellas, The Miracles and The Marvelettes.

From acclaimed director Michael Roemer, NOTHING BUT A MAN is a devastatingly powerful film about living life without the basic necessities of dignity and respect. Watching this film, we are f-rced to confront not only what we were but what we are, how far we've come, and how far we still have to go. To celebrate its 40th anniversary, this groundbreaking American classic is available for the first time ever on DVD.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jul 07 2004
  • Production Year 1964
  • Empire SKU 617304
  • UPC Code 767685946138
  • Studio  Cinedigm
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL


The Cast And Crew: 40 Years Later

Short Film: Portrait Of Abbey

Extensive Liner Notes With Original Stills From The Film

Cast and Crew Biographies

Interactive Menus

Scene Selection


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W



  • Robert Young
  • Michael Roemer
  • Robert Rubin

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