Shadrach (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  23 September 1998 (USA)
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In 1935, 99-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, Trixie and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Narrator (voice)
John Franklin Sawyer ...
Ginnie Randall ...
Middle Mole
Alice Rogers ...
Edmonia (as Monica Bugajski)
Daniel Treat ...
Little Mole
Doug Chancey ...
Dock Worker


In 1935, 99-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, Trixie and their seven children, and to bury a black man on that land is a violation of strict Virginia law. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Il Profumo di un Giorno d'estate  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$16,669 (USA) (25 September 1998)


$20,167 (USA) (25 September 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Harvey Keitel and Martin Sheen learned their accents for this film from James L.W. West, while Andie MacDowell, who is a native Southerner, developed her own accent. Keitel spent most of a day talking with West and taping his speech. Sheen later listened to these tapes. See more »


The pickup truck on the ferry with them was newer than 1936. See more »


[Paul has learned curse words from the Dabneys and is yelling them into the closet.]
Paul: Son of a bitch, whorehouse, Jesus Christ, pisspot, asshole!
Mrs. Whitehurst: Come on, Paul, it's time to go to church!
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Farther Along
Written by J.R. Baxter (uncredited) and John Starling (uncredited)
Performed by Preston Fulp
Courtesy of Music Maker Recordings
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Authentic and nostalgic
27 May 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

How refreshing it is to see a movie about northeastern North Carolina-southeastern Virginia that could actually have been filmed in the area and that features people who could actually have lived here! Well, it was a bit hard to believe that after living a hard life and birthing that many children, Andie McDowell's character would still look young, thin, and pretty. If I thought it would make me look like that, I'd take up drinking beer.

Amazingly, Harvey Keitel is believable as the irascible father, and his accent is even tolerable. Perhaps what is amazing is his versatility as an actor, since he was also believable as Baines in "The Piano," Auggie in "Smoke" and "Blue in the Face," the police detective in "Thelma and Louise," and all those heavies in all those gangster films.

What should you expect if you view this film? A glimpse at what this part of the world looked like before WWII and farm-to-market roads and typhoid shots and birth control; a child's-eye view of growing up in a rural family in the Depression; a story about doing what's right. I liked it.

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