Early '60s Alabama. Railway worker Duff Anderson (Dixon) wants to give up his life of drifting and can-kicking to settle down with Josie (Lincoln) and get a job in a factory. Standing in his path, though, is Josie's disapproving father and the racism of his new bosses.
A compassionate, vivid, 1964 study of marginalisation in America, this is less about discrimination than self-discovery, as rebel Ivan Dixon faces life-changing choices after marrying schoolteacher Abbey Lincoln. Evocatively photographed, deftly played, still dismayingly relevant.
It's a perfect time to rediscover this forgotten gem of black cinema.