Here are the best and the worst of the gay-subtext slavery movies:
1. Tamango (1958) stars Alex Cresson as a newly captured slave who starts a revolt on the ship from Africa to Cuba, and incidentally falls in love with a woman.
4. Drum (1976) was a sequel with Warren Oates substituting for Perry King.
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6. Glory (1989) is set during the Civil War, where Colonel Robert Shaw (Matthew Broderick) becomes the leader of an all-black regiment. He butts heads with Private Silas Tripp (Denzel Washington), an escape slave. They eventually buddy-bond, and when they are killed in battle, they are buried side-by-side.
7. Amistad (1997) is a big-budget, rather pretentious account of some newly captured slaves who take control of the slave ship La Amistad (rather an ironic name) off the coast of Cuba in 1839. The leader, Sengbe Pieh (Djimon Hounsou), is imprisoned while the case is played in court. He befriends lawyer Robert Baldwin (Matthew McConaughey).
10. We return to the life of Solomon Northrup in 12 Years a Slave (2013), with Chitiwel Ejiofor playing Solomon, wandering through an antebellum world where all men are attracted to women and suspicious, at best, of each other.
See also: Roots; Uncle Tom's Cabin