A Stranger in the Kingdom (1999)

R  |   |  Drama  |  23 November 1999 (Iceland)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Kinneson
Rev. Walter Andrews
Sigurd Moulton
Resolved Kinneson
Nathan Andrews
Athena Allen
Elijah Kinneson
Rusty De Wees ...
Harlan Kittredge
Edward Kinneson
Michael Ryan Segal ...
Frenchy LaMott
Jordan Bayne ...
Claire LaRiviere
George Dickerson ...
Sheriff Mason White
Zack Burrows
Ruth Kinneson
Heaven Fontaine


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)  »

Also Known As:

Enas xenos anamesa mas  »

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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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