A Gathering of Old Men (film)

A Gathering of Old Men is a 1987 American-German television drama film directed by Volker Schlöndorff and based on the novel of the same name. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.[1] The film was released as television film in the US.[2] For his performance actor Louis Gossett Jr. was nominated at the Emmy Awards for "Outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or a special".[3]

A Gathering of Old Men
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Written byErnest J. Gaines
Charles Fuller
Directed byVolker Schlöndorff
Music byRon Carter
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerMichael Deeley
ProducersGower Frost
Hans Prescher
Production locationThibodaux, Louisiana
CinematographyEdward Lachman
EditorsNancy Baker
Craig McKay
Running time91 minutes
Production companiesCBS
Bioskop Film
Consolidated Productions
Hessischer Rundfunk
Jennie & Co.
Zenith Entertainment
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original release
  • May 10, 1987 (1987-05-10)


A bigoted white farmer is shot in self-defense on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation. A group of old black men come forward en masse to take responsibility for the killing. As the sheriff confronts the suspects, the young plantation owner stands firm in her defense of the old men.



1987 Cannes Film Festival - Un Certain Regard

Emmy Awards - Nominated - Outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or a special - Louis Gossett Jr.


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: A Gathering of Old Men". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved July 20, 2009.
  2. ^ O'Connor, John J. (May 10, 1987). ""Old men" is memorable TV drame". The South Bend Tribune. pp. C9.
  3. ^ "Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie Nominees / Winners 1987". Television Academy. Retrieved December 19, 2022.

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