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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 31 January 1974
Story of a black woman in the South who was born into slavery in the 1850s and lives to become a part of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

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Jimmy Age 7
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Master Bryant (as Richard A. Dysart)
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Lady at House
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Colonel Dye
Elinora B. Johnson ...
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Derrick Mills ...
Little Ned at age 5
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Quentin Lerner
Valerie Odell ...
Ticey (as Valeria Odell)
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Big Laura
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Joe Pittman
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Beginning during the racial turmoil of 1960s Louisiana, 110-year-old ex-slave Jane Pittman grants an interview to a persistent journalist and relates the remarkable story of her life. Orphaned early, she toils on a plantation until a chance meeting with a white Union soldier named Brown changes her outlook. Jane's emancipation marks only the beginning of an arduous and heartbreaking odyssey, framed by the horrors of slavery and the justice of the civil rights movement. Written by Jwelch5742

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Originally shown on US TV with only one commercial break. See more »

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Ned Age 42: I want my children to be black and proud of it.
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A NEVER-TO-BE-FORGOTTEN JOURNEY THROUGH A LIFE
27 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

Over thirty years have passed since I first watched 'Jane Pittman' on a small, black & white TV. There have been but a handful of viewing experiences that have stayed with me this strongly and vividly (and always will, I guess). Cicely Tyson's performance is strongly, clearly, heartfully drawn, ranking, in my opinion, in the very exclusive company of performances like Meryl Streep's Sophie in "Sophie's Choice". It's far easier for a mammoth mini-series to impart a permanent impression: this performance, and this artfully crafted story, did so in a scant two hours, introducing me to a character who became real and moving for me - - to this day.


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