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The Journey of August King (1995)

 -  Drama  -  26 January 1996 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Olaf Singletary
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Mooney Wright
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Ida Wright
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Hal Wright
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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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When Annalees (Thandie Newton) sees Sims hanging upside down, August calls her Thandie. See more »

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Written by Hazel Dickens
Performed by Hazel Dickens
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worthy but dull and slow moving
9 January 2009 | by (India) – See all my reviews

The Journey of August King is certainly a worthy film and probably should be shown in classrooms when dealing with topics like slavery. However, entertainment value is limited thanks to sluggish pace and lack of conflict in the storyline. Thandie Newton is good as the escaped slave though her behavior and speech feels occasionally anachronistic. Jason Patric is all right. The growing relationship between these two feels real but lacks spark. The production values are fine but you may still feel that you are watching a made-for-TV production.

Overall 6/10


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