While the book centers on the family's concern for the dog, screenwriter Lonne Elder III stated that he preferred to focus on the family's daily survival, due to the inherent difficulties in centering a film on a non-human protagonist. He noted that he at first refused the assignment, but producer Robert B. Radnitz and director Martin Ritt convinced him to work with them, as "I wanted to keep Sounder accurate in its historical context, and not go off on any present-day fantasies."
|Runtime||1 hr 45 min|
|Premiere: World||April 26, 1973|
|Premiere: USA||August 13, 1972|
|Digital: World||December 2, 2014|
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