Almos' A Man
"Recommended. It tells a coming-of-age tale that's universal in terms of the issues it raises about growing up. Sure to be useful in generating discussion among family members and in the classroom."
- Video Librarian
Starring: LeVar Burton, and Madge Sinclair
Directed by: Stan Lathan
Although Dave (LeVar Burton) and his family are poor sharecroppers in the Deep South in the 1930's, this 15 year-olds problem is shared by teenagers today: he stands with one foot in adulthood and the other in childhood. “Almos' A Man”, yet still treated like a child, he struggles for an identity. There's one thing, one symbol of manhood, Dave thinks, that could guarantee him instant respect: a gun.
Dave finds a way to buy a pistol and at last, is ready to pull the trigger for the first time, never again will they call him a boy…But, he trembles, the gun overpowers the boy's body and he loses control - his young life forever changed.
Seen on PBS.
DVD Special Features
About the American Short Story Collection
Robert Geller Audio Transcript Interview
Henry Fonda Intro
Printable Study Guide