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The Journey of August King (1995)

PG-13 | | Drama | 26 January 1996 (USA)
The Journey of August King is a multi-dimensional drama about a North Carolina farmer in April 1815. August King, a widower, is on his way home as he does every year after selling his ... See full summary »

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August King
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Olaf Singletary
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Mooney Wright
Sarah-Jane Wylde ...
Ida Wright
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Hal Wright
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Zimmer
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Bolton
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Harrison (as Andrew Stahl)
Danny Nelson ...
Felix
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Mina
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Gabriel (as Dean Rader Duvall)
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Marlus Harding ...
Sims (as Marlus C. Harding)
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Meg (as Lisa Roberts)
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The Journey of August King is a multi-dimensional drama about a North Carolina farmer in April 1815. August King, a widower, is on his way home as he does every year after selling his produce and purchasing the stock and goods he will need for the coming year. On his journey, he comes upon a run-away slave, a 17 year old young woman and August King must decide to violate the law and help this slave to freedom or leave her to be hunted down and,ultimately, returned to her slave owner. But the drama turns into a question of whether either soul will gain freedom. Written by Joel Schesser <joelsd@aol.com>

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Rated PG-13 for a scene of shocking violence | See all certifications »

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Amor e Liberdade  »

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When Annalees (Thandie Newton) sees Sims hanging upside down, August calls her Thandie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Harry (Son): [running to injured dog] Gracie!
Ben: One of my bravest. Scars from 14 battles, if a one.
August King: I see 'em.
Ben: Father was a huntin' hound. Mother a German dog, Tan.
August King: Might live, you doctor it.
Ben: Eh, never get the courage back.
[reloading his rifle]
Ben: I know dogs.
August King: [feeds the dog some bread]
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Written by Hazel Dickens
Performed by Hazel Dickens
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Courtesy of Rounder Records
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Breathtaking
23 March 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of the handful of comments for this extraordinary film, most of them have the story wrong. The tale is not about a man "falling in love with his dead wife's slave." August King becomes involved in helping a young negro girl escape from her cruel owner in the backwoods of South Carolina in the early eighteen hundreds. The love is more sacrificial than sexual, and the film teaches excellent lessons about duty, honor, compassion, responsibility, and making choices. August finds himself through helping Annalees.

It's beautifully filmed and very stirring, with the kind of conclusion that makes many other films seem incomplete and shallow. This is an excellent film. It's also very family-friendly aside from some thematic elements (a slave is cleaved in half, animals are slaughtered, and so forth). I purchased it on a whim and never regretted the twenty bucks I spent. Everyone should see this at least once.


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