Sudie and Simpson

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Sudie and Simpson
Sudie and Simpson.jpg
Written by Sara Flanigan
Ken Koser
Directed by Joan Tewkesbury
Starring Louis Gossett, Jr.
Sara Gilbert
Theme music composer Michel Colombier
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Donald March
Editor(s) Robert P. Seppey
Running time 95 minutes
Original network Lifetime
Original release
  • September 11, 1990 (1990-09-11)

Sudie and Simpson is an American television film that originally aired on Lifetime on September 11, 1990.[1] Directed by Joan Tewkesbury, the film stars Louis Gossett, Jr. and Sara Gilbert.


Set in a small town in Georgia during World War II, Sudie and Simpson focuses on the friendship between Sudie Harrigan (Gilbert), a 10-year-old girl who had never seen a "nigger" in real life, and Simpson (Gossett, Jr.), a black man living surreptitiously in an abandoned shack in the woods. Sudie who finds to her surprise and pleasure that black people are not all nine feet tall, that they know what they do, and that their skin color doesn't rub off. Moreover, the gentle, harmless and moral character of Simpson is contrasted with a white teacher who molests his students.

The themes of racism and morality are compared and contrasted, dramatically. If the whites, who "don't allow no niggers" in town, discover the presence of Simpson, they will likely expel him or lynch him. If the victims of the white child molester complain to their mothers, they fear getting "a whipping".


People said, "Gossett towers over the cast of this sexually frank but lax melodrama."[1]


  1. ^ a b Hiltbrand, David (1990-09-10). "Picks and Pans Review: Sudie and Simpson". People. 34 (10). ISSN 0093-7673. 

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