Being forced to sell his land, Jared Teeter share with his family in search of a better life in Florida. They discover, like many other immigrants Appalachia that work is scarce. Jared is ... See full summary »

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Being forced to sell his land, Jared Teeter share with his family in search of a better life in Florida. They discover, like many other immigrants Appalachia that work is scarce. Jared is reduced to working the fields in a forced labor camp called "Angel City". Creedy, the supervisor of Angel City is a sadistic man who maintains discipline through violence and intimidation. Days too long, too little pay, a lack of food, inadequate shelter, inhumanity and cruelty to Angel City encourage Jared to an escape attempt. He failed and he suffers. But he takes revenge Creedy again when looking for a new girl for his harem: the daughter of Jared Teeter. Written by markyoloup

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They lied to him. Cheated him. Beat him. Then they kidnapped his daughter-and that was their last mistake! An ispiring story about the power of a family's love!

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I love how it ended
23 October 2003 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Ralph Waite is best known for his role as the father on The Waltons tv series. He plays a similar character here, a good decent man with simple values of love and family (watch the scene where his family and him pray over their dogs grave). He is a good decent salt of the earth type who unwittingly stumbles into hell! Mitchell Ryan plays the plantation owner who is a real wolf in sheep clothing. He offers him a job and then he and his family are held prisoner in a virtual concentration camp. Paul Winfield gives a fine performance as a fellow inmate and this was one of Jennifer Jason Leigh's first roles as well. I remember the scene where they were picking cotton in the fields and started singing a spiritual, it reminded me a lot of Gone With The Wind. Waite and his family are such wonderful people that you feel so angry and sad at their terrible prediciment. The ending of the film is what I enjoyed the most where they revolted against Ryan. I loved the scene where Waite beat the *$#@ out of him with that pistol and was going to shoot him! It was as if this good man was pushed to the brink and finally backed down. I hated Ryan's character so much that I wanted him to shoot the son of a bitch, after all he had raped his daughter and kidnapped his baby! He sort of reminded me of Jim Jones. Maybe this is a parable about the importance of family love and staying together against all odds, and about the importance of freedom and what would happen if it were suddenly taken from us. Angel City is a first class tv film and it has got a great and satisfying ending that leaves you feeling wonderful. When it comes down to it, what more could you ask of a film!


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