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

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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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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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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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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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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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

Michael Rooker had previously been in Mississippi Burning (1988), another movie about racism in the South. See more »

Goofs

In the title sequence, the date is Thursday, December 31, 1922; in reality, that date was a Sunday. See more »

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[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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The Town Burns
Written and Produced by John Williams
Performed by Shirley Caesar
Courtesy of Word Records
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An accurate portrayal of north Florida racism as seen from a native Floridian.
29 May 2007 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

I am white and grew up in the county where this really happened. I remember as a child driving by the place where this community was. There was a small sign that was put up by the Florida DOT that said "Rosewood" but there was nothing there. I asked my mother why and she was unsure what to tell me. Then when this movie came out I realized what had happened. I began asking the elderly people I knew, but they did not want to talk about this except for my ex-husband's step dad. He remembered being a boy and the mob trying to get his father to join them. He refused to participate and was threatened for the future of his family. I am also ashamed to say that race relations have still not gotten a lot better here. In 1969 when I was in kindergarten, I remember being sent home due to race riots in the high school. I now live in California, and I know some people found the movie distressing. Unfortunately the south has a subculture of violence even to this day. The actors did an excellent job on this film. I am so glad that the filmmakers had the courage to take this story on. People tend to think of Florida as an integrated state because of Miami and Orlando, but central and northern Florida is still very racist. For example the African-Americans still call the whites by names such as "Mr. John" or "Miss Ellen". Then little town I grew up in ,Williston, still has the African-Americans living on one side of the railroad tracks and the whites on the other "better" side. There are some whites that are very decent people and some blacks that are of very poor character. I keep waiting and praying for the day when a person will "be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character" in the words of the great Martin Luther King JR. PLEASE SEE THIS MOVIE!! If Americas can take the violence that is in video games and stupid horror movies they should be able to take the true portrayal of man's inhumanity to man in this most wonderful film!!


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