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Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad (1994)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, History  |  19 February 1994 (USA)
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A number of slaves risk their lives to escape their masters with their only help coming from the famous secret slave escape network.

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Janet Bailey ...
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Peter Boretski ...
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In pre Civil War America, slaves are prepared to risk everything for the chance of freedom from bondage. This films relates the story of a group of slaves who decide to try for it. Fortunately, in addition to the dangers from slave catchers and the elements, our heros also have the Underground Railroad, the clandestine network of caring people, like Harriet Tubman, who face great risks of their own. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Calatorie spre libertate: Calea ferata subterana  »

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Better that expected
2 April 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

True, there is a number of clichés in this movie and yet the overall result is moving. Canadians are not particularly well aware of this relatively short part (about 11 years) of their history and this movie does not stray too far from the harsh reality it describes. Perhaps it is the saving grace of clichés: like stereotypes, they tend to have a good foundation in reality. I don't know for sure for the Canadian "Birdwatcher" but for the rest, it does jib well with what I know from reliable sources. So, if you want to present the "Underground Railroad" to someone not already familiar with it, it is a very good, enjoyable, introduction.

One caveat, the sound track does not seem correct with large volume variations adding to the difficulties in understanding strong accents. Also, the lack of closed-caption (or any subtitle) will not help you either. A better language support-sound track would have certainly improved its rating.


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