Blood Done Sign My Name (film)

Blood Done Sign My Name is a 2010 American drama film written and directed by Jeb Stuart and starring Ricky Schroder, Omar Benson Miller, Michael Rooker, and Nate Parker. It is based on the autobiographical book Blood Done Sign My Name (2004) by historian Timothy Tyson.

Blood Done Sign My Name
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Directed byJeb Stuart
Produced byMel Efros
David Martin
Jeb Stuart
Mari Stuart
Written byJeb Stuart
Based onBlood Done Sign My Name
by Timothy Tyson
StarringRicky Schroder
Omar Benson Miller
Michael Rooker
Nate Parker
Music byJohn Leftwich
CinematographySteve Mason
Edited byToby Yates
Distributed byPaladin
Release date
  • February 19, 2010 (2010-02-19)
Running time
128 minutes
CountryUnited States


In Oxford, North Carolina, the county seat of a tobacco district, a black Vietnam-era veteran is beaten in 1970 by three white men, and shot dead by one of them. An all-white jury acquitted the two defendants who were indicted. The plot focuses on two characters: a local African-American high-school teacher, recently returned to the town from college, who organizes the black community to march to the state capital to protest the unjust verdict; and a white minister, who loses much of his congregation because of his racially liberal views during the civil rights era.



On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 52% based on 29 reviews, and an average rating of 5.8/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Even among civil rights movies, Blood Done Sign My Name is remarkably earnest, but its big heart can't cover for the bland acting and TV-style melodrama that blunts the movie's impact."[1] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 49 out of 100, based on 16 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[2]

A.O. Scott of The New York Times admired the film's ambitions, but said that "Mr. Stuart's evident desire to respect the truth of the story in all its details leaves him without a clear, emphatic dramatic structure."[3]

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  1. ^ "Blood Done Sign My Name (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved March 16, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Blood Done Sign My Name Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 16, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ A. O. Scott, "A Town Torn Asunder by Racial Killing in ’70", The New York Times, 18 February 2010; accessed 13 June 2018

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