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Full Cast & Crew

Directed by 

Steven Spielberg

Writing Credits  

Alice Walker ... (novel)
 
Menno Meyjes ... (screenplay)

Cast (in credits order) verified as complete  

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Harpo Johnson (as Willard Pugh)
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Leonard Jackson ...
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John Patton Jr. ...
Carl Anderson ...
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James Tillis ...
Buster
Phillip Strong ...
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Swain (as Larry Fishburne)
Peto Kinsaka ...
Lelo Masamba ...
Margaret Freeman ...
Howard Starr ...
Daphaine Oliver ...
Young Olivia
Jadili Johnson ...
Young Adam
Lillian Njoki Distefano ...
Donna Buie ...
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David Thomas ...
Carrie Murray ...
Juliet Poe ...
Church Sister
Katie Simon ...
Church Sister
Ethel Taylor ...
Church Sister
Marcus Covington ...
Boy
Marcus Liles ...
Boo
April Myers ...
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Child #1
Lechanda Latharp ...
Child #2
Drew Bundini Brown ...
Jook Joint Patron
Arnold F. Turner ...
Jook Joint Patron (as Arnold Turner)
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Jook Joint Patron (as Jeris Lee Poindexter)
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Jook Joint Patron (as James Hawthorne)
Sonny Terry ...
Jook Joint Musician (as Saunders Sonny Terry)
Greg Phillinganes ...
Jook Joint Musician
Roy Gaines ...
Jook Joint Musician
Paulinho Da Costa ...
African Musician
Nana Yaw Asiedu ...
African Musician
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African Musician
Bayo Martin ...
African Musician
Ndugu Chancler ...
African Musician
Jeffrey Kwashi ...
African Musician
Pete Munzhi ...
African Musician
Aniijia Rae Schockley ...
African Musician
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Church Choir Soloist (uncredited)
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Church-goer (uncredited)
Madison T. Shockley Sr. ...
African Chief (uncredited)
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Produced by 

Peter Guber ... executive producer
Carole Isenberg ... associate producer (as Carol Isenberg)
Quincy Jones ... producer
Kathleen Kennedy ... producer
Frank Marshall ... producer
Jon Peters ... executive producer
Steven Spielberg ... producer

Music by 

Quincy Jones

Cinematography by 

Allen Daviau ... director of photography

Film Editing by 

Michael Kahn

Production Design by 

J. Michael Riva

Art Direction by 

Bo Welch ... (as Robert W. Welch)

Set Decoration by 

Linda DeScenna

Costume Design by 

Aggie Guerard Rodgers

Makeup Department 

Richard Alonzo ... makeup artist
Ken Chase ... makeup designer
Lola Kemp ... hair stylist
Leila Khan ... hairdresser: Kenya
Steve LaPorte ... makeup artist (as Steve La Porte)
Michael Laudati ... makeup artist
Robert L. Stevenson ... supervising hair stylist (as Robert Stevenson)

Production Management 

Gerald R. Molen ... unit production manager
Arthur F. Repola ... post-production supervisor (as Arthur Repola)
Vincent Winter ... production supervisor: Kenya

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director 

Bruce Cohen ... dga trainee
Pat Kehoe ... first assistant director
Frank Marshall ... second unit director: Kenya
Victoria E. Rhodes ... second assistant director (as Victoria Elizabeth Rhodes)
Richard A. Wells ... first assistant director (as Richard Alexander Wells)

Art Department 

Jack Johnson ... illustrator (as John C. Johnson Jr.)
Tom McCown ... set dresser
Ric McElvin ... lead man
Erik L. Nelson ... property master
Joseph C. Nemec III ... assistant art director
Dan Ondrejko ... greensman (as Daniel L. Ondrejko)
Ernest Phillips ... stand-by painter
Virginia L. Randolph ... set designer
Robert Scaife ... construction coordinator (as Robert E. Scaife)
Ed Verreaux ... illustrator
John Alvin ... poster artist (uncredited)
Howard Armstrong ... set design consultant (uncredited)
Anthony Klaiman ... set dresser (uncredited)
Mark Konkel ... painter (uncredited)
David Russell ... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Ken Scaife ... general foreman (uncredited)
John Villarino ... foreman (uncredited)

Sound Department 

Richard L. Anderson ... supervising sound editor
Michael J. Benavente ... sound editor
Willie D. Burton ... production sound mixer (as Willie Burton)
James Christopher ... sound editor
Don Digirolamo ... sound re-recording mixer
Dean Drabin ... foley mixer
Teresa Eckton ... sound editor
Robert Glass ... sound re-recording mixer
Gil Haimsohn ... assistant sound editor
Robert W. Harris ... cable person (as Robert Harris)
Robert Knudson ... sound re-recording mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
Marvin E. Lewis ... boom operator (as Marvin Lewis)
Peter Lonsdale ... assistant adr editor
Matthew C. May ... assistant sound editor
Sarah Monat ... foley artist
Alan L. Nineberg ... adr editor (as Alan Nineberg)
Mark Pappas ... assistant sound editor
Rod Rogers ... assistant adr editor
Solange S. Schwalbe ... supervising foley editor (as Solange)
Larry Singer ... supervising adr editor
John W. Singleton ... foley editor
Edward M. Steidele ... foley artist (as Ed Steidele)
Sherman Waze ... sound editor
Burton Weinstein ... sound editor (as Burton M. Weinstein)
J.R. Westen ... adr mixer
David A. Whittaker ... sound editor (as David Whittaker)
David Williams ... foley editor
Paul Pavelka ... re-recording engineer (uncredited)

Special Effects by 

Greg C. Jensen ... special effects assistant (as Greg Jensen)
Bob Stoker ... special effects assistant
Lucinda Strub ... special effects assistant
Matt Sweeney ... special effects supervisor

Stunts 

Alex Brown ... stunt double
Greg Wayne Elam ... stunt coordinator (as Greg W. Elam)
John Ashby ... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Brubaker ... stunts (uncredited)
Dana Dru Evenson ... stunt double (uncredited)
Rick Sawaya ... stunts (uncredited)
Kym Washington ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department 

Eric Engler ... camera operator (as William Eric Engler)
John Flemming ... grip: Kenya
Norman Harris ... lighting gaffer (as Norm Harris)
Donald L. Hartley ... dolly grip (as Donald Hartley)
M. Todd Henry ... first assistant camera
Gene Kearney ... key grip
Ron Kenyon ... electrical best boy
Martin Kenzie ... focus puller: Kenya
Norman G. Langley ... camera operator
Michael McDermott ... electrician: Kenya
Bob Munoz ... grip best boy
Reggie Newkirk ... first assistant camera (as Reginold Newkirk)
Nigel Seal ... camera loader: Kenya / gaffer: Kenya
John R. Shannon ... still photographer (as John Shannon)
Simon Trevor ... camera operator: Kenya
Rob McCarthy ... electrician (uncredited)
Casey Nelson ... electrician (uncredited)
Bruton Peterson ... electrician (uncredited)
Robert Samuels ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Phelt M. Saucier ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department 

Jo Doster ... location casting (as Jo Ann Doster)
Job Seda ... casting: Kenya
Peg Halligan ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department 

Francine Jamison-Tanchuck ... costume supervisor: women (as Francine Jamison)
Joanna Johnston ... wardrobe: Kenya
Betty Jean Slater ... set costumer: women
Bill Tiegs ... set costumer: men
Don Vargas ... costume supervisor: men
Haleen K. Holt ... costume illustrator (uncredited)
Annalisa Strickland ... costumer (uncredited)

Editorial Department 

Connie Abellera ... assistant film editor
Craig Bassett ... assistant film editor
Martin Cohen ... assistant film editor
Patrick Crane ... post-production assistant
Jim Schurmann ... color timer

Music Department 

Brian Banks ... music scoring preproduction
Else Blangsted ... supervising music editor
Chris Boardman ... music adaptor
Bruce Botnick ... music scoring
Lyle J. Burbridge ... music scoring associate (as Lyle Burbridge)
Tom Bähler ... music supervisor (as Tom Bahler)
Jorge Calandrelli ... music adaptor / orchestrator
Andraé Crouch ... music arranger and conductor: Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ Choir (as Andrae Crouch)
Sandra Crouch ... music arranger and conductor: Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ Choir
James Flamberg ... supervising music editor (as Jim Flamberg)
Humberto Gatica ... pre-recorded music mixer
Jimmie Haskell ... music adaptor / orchestrator
Jack Hayes ... music adaptor / orchestrator
Richard Hazard ... orchestrator (as Dick Hazard)
Helaine Head ... music department assistant
Jerry Hey ... music adaptor / orchestrator
Randy Kerber ... music adaptor / orchestrator
Tom Kramer ... music editor
Anthony Marinelli ... music scoring preproduction
A. David Marshall ... music editor (as David Marshall)
Harvey W. Mason ... music adaptor (as Harvey Mason) / orchestrator (as Harvey Mason)
Greig McRitchie ... music adaptor / orchestrator
Sam Nestico ... music adaptor / orchestrator
Jeff Porcaro ... musician: percussion
Steve Ray ... music department assistant
Raoul Roach ... music department assistant
Joel Rosenbaum ... music adaptor / orchestrator
Mark Ross ... music department assistant
Nathan Scott ... music adaptor / orchestrator
Pam Small ... music department assistant
Fred Steiner ... music adaptor / orchestrator
Bill Summers ... music adaptor / orchestrator
Ernie Watts ... musician: clarinet
Michael Boddicker ... keyboards (uncredited)
Ry Cooder ... mandolin (uncredited)
Paulinho Da Costa ... percussion (uncredited)
Harris Goldman ... french horn (uncredited)
Daniel J. Johnson ... co-music editor (uncredited)
Steve Livingston ... music editor (uncredited)
Clay Mitchell ... musical consultant (uncredited)
Jeff Porcaro ... percussion (uncredited)
Tom Raney ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn (uncredited)

Transportation Department 

Robert Amon ... antique picture cars
John Feinblatt ... transportation captain
Eugene Schwartz ... transportation coordinator (as Gene Schwartz)
Gregory Dultz ... driver: Steven Spielberg (uncredited)

Other crew 

Julie Adams ... dialect coach
Kokayi Ampah ... location manager
Kate Barker ... assistant: Ms. Kennedy
Bethany Brown ... production accountant
Ken Burton ... projectionist
Dave Clark ... researcher
Jeffrey R. Coates ... production associate
Michael Crane ... lab consultant
Con Cremins ... location accountant: Kenya
Niegel Dundas ... animal consultant: Kenya / camp manager: Kenya
Jim Ealy ... first aid
Mitchell El Mahdy ... first aid (as Mitch Elmahdy)
William R. Ferris ... researcher (as Bill Ferris)
Jason Gould ... production associate
Barbara Harley ... london contact: Kenya
Iris Hedrick ... assistant accountant
Phyllis Gardner Hirsen ... unit publicist
Robin Hollister ... production associate: Kenya
Dorothy Hungerford ... production associate
Judith Jennings ... teacher
Mark Marshall ... production associate
Kathleen Miranda ... secretary: Mr. Spielberg
Julie Moskowitz ... assistant: Mr. Spielberg
Ramon Pahoyo ... craft service
Richard Pryor Jr. ... production associate
Bonne Radford ... production controller (as Bonnie Radford)
Mary T. Radford ... assistant: Mr. Marshall
Madeline Randolph ... assistant: Mr. Jones
Anne Rapp ... script supervisor
James Robertson ... assistant camp manager: Kenya
Bobbi Ross ... teacher
Harry Rotz ... hat maker
Marshal Royal ... researcher
Monty Ruben ... production consultant: Kenya
Lata Ryan ... production coordinator
George Sims ... researcher
Phil Smith ... wrangler
Don Spinney ... animal trainer
Steven Talmy ... production associate
Claude Thompson ... choreographer
Mike Villarino ... special set effects
Alice Walker ... project consultant
Rebecca Walker ... production associate (as Rebecca Leventhal)
Laurel Walter ... production secretary
Snooky Young ... researcher
Kevin Berman ... consultant (uncredited)
Beverly Robinson ... consultant (uncredited)
Beverly J. Robinson ... consultant (uncredited)

Thanks 

David Dykis ... special thanks
Crew verified as complete

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