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31 July 1998 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Stephen Spinella ... Michael Wigglesworth (voice)

Gwyneth Paltrow ... Sarah Orne Jewett (voice)

Cherry Jones ... Annie Adams Fields (voice)

Edward Norton ... Henry Gerber (voice)
Leland Gantt ... Bayard Rustin (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Annie Fields ... Herself
Barbara Gittings ... Herself
Peter J. Gomes ... Himself (as Rev. Peter J. Gomes)

Linda Hunt ... Narrator
Sarah Orne Jewett ... Herself
Kelli Peterson ... Herself
Bayard Rustin ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Jeff Dupre  (as Jeffrey Dupre)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michelle Ferrari  writer

Produced by
Eliza Byard .... co-producer
Jeff Dupre .... producer (as Jeffrey Dupre)
Michelle Ferrari .... co-producer
Michael Huffington .... executive producer
Kevin Jennings .... associate producer
Andrew Tobias .... executive producer
Original Music by
Matthias Gohl 
Cinematography by
Buddy Squires 
Film Editing by
George O'Donnell 
Toby Shimin 
Makeup Department
Bunny Parker .... hair department head
Sound Department
Mariusz Glabinski .... assistant sound editor
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... sound editor
Ira Spiegel .... sound editor
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
Other crew
Alex Panagakis .... publicist


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97 min

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
In Pursuit of Freedom, 29 October 2000
Author: harry-76 from Cleveland, Ohio USA

Within the short span of an hour and five minutes, this documentary focuses on a revisionary consideration of American history. The quest for human rights is a natural instinct within us all, as this film demonstrates.

What a liberating thought that, after centuries of ignorance, fear, superstition and intolerance, some of the last vestiges of discrimination are neutralizing.

The phenomenon is the result of "accelerating acceleration"--a momentum that speeds itself up as it accumulates more energy. In this case, the force comes from the people, as more and more hands join to unite in harmony.

"Out of the Past" is a touching mini-documentary on a significant topic which involves us all. Well conceived and executed, it makes its statement in an intelligent and moving manner. ###

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