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A Man Named Pearl

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Brent Pierson & Scott Galloway

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About the Movie

When Pearl Fryar and his wife sought to buy a house in an all-white neighborhood of Bishopville, SC, they were dissuaded with the explanation that "Black people donít keep up their yards." Remarkably, instead of fueling bitterness and anger, this comment motivated Pearl to win Bishopville's "Yard of the Month" award and, eventually, to transform his ordinary suburban yard into a horticultural wonderland. The topiary garden's centerpiece emblazons both its message and Pearl's own philosophy: "Love, Peace, and Goodwill." A MAN NAMED PEARL chronicles the story of Pearl's magical garden as well as his extraordinary life, both of which serve as inspirations to his family, his community, and the thousands of visitors who come to experience Pearl's world each year. The film traces Pearl's journey from a small town sharecropper's son to an internationally-acclaimed artist, focusing in particular on his position as the celebrated cultural and spiritual icon of his impoverished town. Now 68, the soft-spoken Pearl has just one wish for all those who wander through his living art; they must leave feeling differently than when they arrived. Stirring and profoundly uplifting, A MAN NAMED PEARL offers a captivating window into the life of a man who turned obstacles into breathtakingly beautiful possibilities.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 31
  • Fresh: 23
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 6.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Assembled without frills or fuss, A Man Named Pearl is as much a portrait of a small Southern town as of an unassuming black folk artist. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Pic looks very much like a protracted man-of-the-week spot on a local newscast. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: A Man Named Pearl not only makes you want to get out there and play Edward Scissorhands but can, at least for its 78 jazz-and-gospel infused minutes, help replenish one's faith in humanity. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: As a portrait of genteel small-town life, it's not half-bad, so hellbent on being inspirational that it dodges thornier issues, but so pleasant and well-organized that it's hard to mind. – Vadim Rizov, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A Man Named Pearl

This is a very uplifting and positive story that will leave you feeling good all over after viewing it. It was written and filmed without violence, nudity or profanity. An incredible true story!

A man named Pearl

This is a great story, it's nice to know there are people like Pearl out there..... A+++++

A Man Named Pearl

I originally saw this movie aired on Ovation TV. It's a great story and very well done.

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