Uncle Tom's Cabin (1965 film)

Uncle Tom's Cabin (German: Onkel Toms Hütte) is a 1965 German film directed by Géza von Radványi. The film was entered into the 4th Moscow International Film Festival.[1] It is based on the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Onkel Toms Hütte
Uncle Tom's Cabin FilmPoster.jpeg
Film poster
Directed byGéza von Radványi
Screenplay by
  • Fred Denger
  • Géza von Radványi
Based onUncle Tom's Cabin (1852)
by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Produced byAldo von Pinelli
CinematographyHeinz Hölscher
Edited by
  • Victor Palfi
  • Hans Schube
Music byPeter Thomas
Distributed byNora-Filmverleih
Release date
  • 1965 (1965)
Running time
  • 170 minutes (Germany)
  • 118 minutes (U.S.)
  • West Germany
  • France
  • Italy
  • Yugoslavia
  • $10 million (North America)
  • 9.97 million tickets (worldwide)

In the early spring of 1977, the film was reissued in the United States in an edited form. On the heels of the success that year of the miniseries Roots, the ad campaign for the reissue touted that the film had "ALL the SENSUAL and VIOLENT passions 'ROOTS' couldn't show on TV" and offered "the REAL story of the SLAVES, MASTERS & LOVERS."[2]



Box officeEdit

In France, it was the 63rd top-grossing film of 1965, selling 928,110 tickets at the box office.[3] In Poland, it sold more than 2 million tickets, making it one of the thirteen highest-grossing foreign films in Poland as of 1968.[4] In North America, where it initially released in 1969, the film went on to sell 7,042,254 tickets and gross $10 million.[5] This adds up to more than 9,970,364 tickets sold worldwide.

Critical responseEdit

Reviewing its 1977 reissue, Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune called the film "lousy", and, noting the comparisons its ad campaign made to Roots, remarked that "the only similarity is that both films contain scenes of slaves being whipped."[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "4th Moscow International Film Festival (1965)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  2. ^ Ads placed in the Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, the Philadelphia Inquirer and New York Daily News between March and April 1977
  3. ^ "Onkel Toms Hütte (1965)". JP's Box-Office (in French). Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  4. ^ Ford, Charles; Hammond, Robert (2015). Polish Film: A Twentieth Century History. McFarland & Company. p. 107. ISBN 978-1-4766-0803-7.
  5. ^ "Box Office USA - Die Erfolgreichsten Deutschen Filme Aller Zeiten" [Box Office USA - The Most Successful German Films of All Time]. Inside Kino (in German). Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  6. ^ Siskel, Gene (April 18, 1977). "'Wizards' courts the eye, but the magic stops short". Chicago Tribune. Section 2, p. 8.

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