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Preminger wears a liberal heart on his sleeve and then blows his nose on it as heavy-handed sentimentality and nobility dominate this story of rich white folks trying to steal land from poor black folks. It's set in Deep South 'Jow-jaawh' (Georgia, to the uninitiated) in the mid-40s when the irredeemably unpleasant white landowners are trying to take away the farm of an ineffably good black man.
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