The Last Brickmaker in America: Edited

Theatrical Release: September 23, 2001
DVD Release: January 4, 2011
The Last Brickmaker in America: Edited


Henry, a warm and honest man, has worked his family brickyard for 57 years. From dusk to dawn everyday but Sunday, every week of the year, he has proudly put his blood and sweat into creating red clay bricks. But now, in a time when automation rules in America and following the recent passing of his beloved wife, Cobb’s passion for his work is gone. When 12-year-old Danny Potter enters his life in search of a refuge from his bickering parents, Henry becomes his mentor, giving the boy a sense of purpose and the role model he so desperately needs. In turn, Danny rejuvenates Henry’s passion for life.

Dove Review

Here is a wonderful story about a young boy and an elderly gentleman that meet and come together to help one another. The older man dealing with the loss of his wife and his business of making brick while the young boy has to deal with his parent’s separation and his attitude about the situation. Together Mr. Cobb and Danny build bricks for the new library, and while they are making bricks they build a friendship and repair the emotional baggage that each of them carry.

Sidney Poitier as the kind Mr. Cobb brings this character to life as the insightful mentor for this young boy Danny and family. We are proud to award this DVD the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: Boy breaks school window and writes graffiti on wall.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: Disrespectful attitudes; boy runs away from home; discussion regarding divorced parents: discussion regarding leaving home at a young age.


Company: Bridgestone Multimedia Group
Director: Gregg Champion
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 85 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe