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Take a Giant Step (1959)

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100 min | Drama

A black high school senior struggles with becoming a man, and living in a middle class white neighborhood in the late 1950s U.S. In protest of the paternalistic views of the Civil War emphasized in his history class, he storms out and gets...See moreA black high school senior struggles with becoming a man, and living in a middle class white neighborhood in the late 1950s U.S. In protest of the paternalistic views of the Civil War emphasized in his history class, he storms out and gets caught smoking a cigar in the boys' room. Spence's crush on a white classmate goes nowhere because of her father's attitude toward blacks. His outspoken grandmother seems the only one who understands his angry growing pains, at the early stages of the U.S.'s Civil Rights Era. Written by David Stevens See less
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Writers
Louis S. Peterson (screenplay) (play) | Julius J. Epstein (screenplay)
Cinematographer
Arthur E. Arling (as Arthur Arling)
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Release date
Dec 1, 1959 (United States)

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19 cast members
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Johnny Nash
Spencer 'Spence' Scott Spencer 'Spence' Scott   See fewer
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Estelle Hemsley
Grandma 'Gram' Martin Grandma 'Gram' Martin   See fewer
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Ruby Dee
Christine Christine   See fewer
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Frederick O'Neal
Lem Scott Lem Scott   See fewer
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Paulene Myers
Violet (as Pauline Meyers) Violet (as Pauline Meyers)   See fewer
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Beah Richards
May Scott May Scott   See fewer
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Royce Wallace
Rose Thompson Rose Thompson   See fewer
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Del Erickson
Bobby (as Dell Erickson) Bobby (as Dell Erickson)   See fewer
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Dee Pollock
Tony (as Dee Pollack) Tony (as Dee Pollack)   See fewer
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Joe Sonessa
Johnny (as Joseph Sonessa) Johnny (as Joseph Sonessa)   See fewer
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Bill Walker
Frank (as William 'Bill' Walker) Frank (as William 'Bill' Walker)   See fewer
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Lester Dorr
High School Janitor (uncredited) High School Janitor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Roy Glenn
Minister at Gram's Funeral (uncredited) Minister at Gram's Funeral (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bernie Hamilton
Sharpie in Bar (uncredited) Sharpie in Bar (uncredited)   See fewer
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Smoki Whitfield
Bartender in Strip Club (uncredited) Bartender in Strip Club (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ratings Breakdown

7.2 / 10 | 227 votes