A Gathering of Old Men (film)

A Gathering of Old Men is a 1987 American 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]

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 language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Michael Deeley
Producer(s)Gower Frost
Hans Prescher
Eberhard Junkersdorf (co-producer)
James Bigwood (associate producer)
Production location(s)Thibodaux, Louisiana
CinematographyEdward Lachman
Editor(s)Nancy Baker
Craig McKay
Running time91 minutes
Production company(s)CBS
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.



  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: A Gathering of Old Men". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved July 20, 2009.

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