Slaves is a 1969 American drama film directed by Herbert Biberman. It was entered into the 1969 Cannes Film Festival.[3] The film stars Dionne Warwick (in her screen acting debut), Ossie Davis, and Stephen Boyd.

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Film poster
Directed byHerbert Biberman
Produced byPhilip Langner
Written byHerbert Biberman
John O. Killens
Alida Sherman
StarringStephen Boyd
Dionne Warwick
Ossie Davis
Music byBobby Scott
CinematographyJoseph C. Brun
Edited bySidney Mayers
Distributed byContinental Distributing
Release date
  • May 6, 1969 (1969-05-06)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$1 million[2]


Set in the 1850s South, the film follows Cassy and Luke, two black slaves who are sold to the sadistic plantation owner MacKay. He wants labor from the men and sex from the women. On this, he is determined to exploit both Cassy and Luke.



The film opened at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore on May 6, 1969.[1] It received negative reviews,[1] but was one of Continental Distributing's highest-grossing films.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c Slaves at the American Film Institute Catalog
  2. ^ a b "'Slaves' Shaping Into Biggest Grosser For Cont'l, 400G In Till". Variety. June 18, 1969. p. 22.
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Slaves". Retrieved April 8, 2009.

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