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A Stranger in the Kingdom (1999)

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A Vermont town in the 1950's hires a new minister based on his war record and capable presentation, but then are shocked when he shows up and is a black man. Things go completely wrong for ... See full summary »

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Charlie Kinneson
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Sigurd Moulton
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Nathan Andrews
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Athena Allen
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A Vermont town in the 1950's hires a new minister based on his war record and capable presentation, but then are shocked when he shows up and is a black man. Things go completely wrong for the minister when he becomes accused of the murder of a young woman he had given shelter. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for language and a scene of violence | See all certifications »
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23 November 1999 (Iceland)  »

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Dark, well-executed post-World War II drama
16 April 2007 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Walter Andrews (Ernie Hudson) is hired over the phone to serve as a minister in Kingdom County, Vermont, 1952. He arrives at the town with his son Nathan (Sean Nelson, "Fresh") and people are surprised that he's a black man. As if the latent, sometimes explicit, racism weren't enough, Walter is accused of the murder of a pretty young woman, Claire (Jordan Bayne).

This is a dark, well made post-WWII drama adapted by Jay Craven and Don Bredes from a fact-based novel by Howard Frank Mosher. The good and discreet Ernie Hudson (mostly known as Warden Leo Glynn from HBO's "Oz"), Jordan Bayne's whimsical, Milla Jovovich-ish beauty and the inspired score by The Horse Flies stand out. Veteran Henry Gibson, Martin Sheen and his daughter Renee Estevez have small parts. My vote: 7/10.


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