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Shadrach (1998)

PG-13 | | Drama | 23 September 1998 (USA)
In 1935, ninety-nine-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, ... See full summary »

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Ginnie Randall ...
Virginia
Darrell Larson ...
Father
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Middle Mole
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Lucinda
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Cloris
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Edmonia (as Monica Bugajski)
Daniel Treat ...
Little Mole
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Doug Chancey ...
Dock Worker
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In 1935, ninety-nine-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.

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One man's journey changed another man's heart

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

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23 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Il Profumo di un Giorno d'estate  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$16,669, 27 September 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,167, 27 September 1998
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The name Shadrach is Biblical, and comes from the Book of Daniel. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were three men of God who were put into a fiery furnace, but who came out unscathed, because the Lord had protected them. They had been put in there by King Nebuchadnezzer of Babylon, when they refused to bow to an idol. (Daniel 3:1-29) See more »

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The film is set in 1935. When Paul walks into the house past his father and up the stairs (at the beginning of the film), a smoke detector is visible on the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs. See more »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

Remember Me?
Music by Harry Warren (uncredited)
Lyrics by Al Dubin (uncredited)
Performed by Moving Star Hall Singers
Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
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Legacy of the past
14 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Scott Terra is one of my favorites. This movie here is a very good one, and he plays a substantial role. The story is fairly simple, but it is the fine cast and the cultural burden of how to deal with an old slave that adds a sincere message to the plot. Harvey Keitel plays - apart from Scott - a significant character. The messages of doing the right thing, of confronting the legacy of our cultural past and of dealing with death and the brittleness of life, mingled with the many calm and quiet sequences of the movie, make it a valuable example of emotional and sophisticated film-making. Scott is in the center, and he comes to experience both the tragedies and the magical moments of life, symbolized by the events of one summer's experiences.


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