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Still shot from the movie: Pinky.


Born with skin light enough to pass for white, Pinky Johnson (Jeanne Crain) has denied her black heritage while attending a northern nursing school. Returning to the south, she is faced with living a lie and disappointing her Grandmother (Ethel Waters), or accepting the truth and giving up the man she loves. Oddly, it's a harder decision than it at first appears. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: B
Sexual Content: B
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Theater Release: 29 Sep 1949
Video Release: 09 Jan 2006
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

How do the attitudes of the time period in which this film was made affect some of the conclusions it comes to? How might it be different if it were made today? Do popular public opinions still influence movies and their messages today?

Pinky accuses the white people of being prejudice, yet what prejudices does she carry? Why is it easier to see the faults of others than those of ourselves? Who would you consider to have the least prejudice? Why?

Both Granny and Miss Em tell Pinky that no one deserves respect if they deny who they really are. What do you think they mean? Do you agree or disagree with their council. What characters, besides Pinky, are pretending to be someone they are not?

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