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A dramatization of a 1923 horrific racist lynch mob attack on an African American community.

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Cast

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John Wright
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Sylvester Carrier
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Duke Purdy
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James Taylor
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Aunt Sarah
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Beulah (Scrappie)
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Lover
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Sheriff Walker
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Fanny Taylor
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James Carrier
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Sam Carter
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Henry Andrews
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Storyline

Ving Rhames stars as Mann, a drifter caught in Rosewood, a town filled with racial prejudice. He ends up aiding the surviving African-Americans escape the town, with the help of a humble store owner played by Jon Voight. Written by Phil Curtolo <curt@epix.net>

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In 1923, a black town in Florida was burned to the ground, its people murdered because of a lie. Some escaped and survived because of the courage and compassion of a few extraordinary people. This film is for them.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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21 February 1997 (USA)  »

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Rosewood Burning  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,104,494 (USA) (2 May 1997)
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Trivia

Though most of the film is based on true events, the film's main character, Mann (Ving Rhames), is mostly a fictional creation. He is likely based upon a report in the week following the massacre by the Chicago Defender newspaper that a soldier named Ted Cole appeared and fought against the lynch mobs. This claim was never repeated nor verified. See more »

Goofs

When Mann asks Sylvester Carrier how he got out of the house, Sylvester's replies, "They carried me..." The audio does not match up with Sylvester's mouth. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gertrude: G'mornin'.
Aunt Sarah: Good mornin', Sylvester.
Sylvester Carrier: Mornin', mama.
Aunt Sarah: Good mornin', Gertie.
Gertrude: Good mornin', Mama Sarah.
Aunt Sarah: Don't run with them eggs, Arnett!
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Soundtracks

The Town Burns
Written and Produced by John Williams
Performed by Shirley Caesar
Courtesy of Word Records
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race troubles in a small Florida town
5 May 1999 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

A small town in Florida in 1922, with a black and white population, breaks out in violence and bloodshed. The reason for the trouble came about when a white woman claimed to be raped by a black man. This infuriated the white populace into going on a murderous rampage leading to the deaths of many innocent people and the near total destruction of the black section of town. A very exciting program based on a true story.


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