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Shadrach -- Harvey Keitel and Andie MacDowell star in this poignant drama about family, heritage and friendshipset on a dilapidated Southern plantation during the Great Depression. Based on a short story by William Styron.
Shadrach -- Open-ended Trailer from Columbia


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Writers (WGA):
William Styron (short story)
Susanna Styron (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
23 September 1998 (USA) See more »
One man's journey changed another man's heart
In 1935, 99-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Martin Sheen ... Narrator (voice)
John Franklin Sawyer ... Shadrach

Scott Terra ... Paul
Ginnie Randall ... Virginia

Darrell Larson ... Father

Deborah Hedwall ... Mother

Jonathan Parks Jordan ... Middle Mole

Erin Underwood ... Lucinda
Alice Rogers ... Cloris

Monica Hewes ... Edmonia (as Monica Bugajski)
Daniel Treat ... Little Mole

Andie MacDowell ... Trixie

Michael Ruff ... Smut

Muse Watson ... Captain
Doug Chancey ... Dock Worker

Harvey Keitel ... Vernon
Rick Warner ... Presbyterian Minister

Edward Bunker ... Joe Thorton
Clarinda Hollmond ... Chapel Singer
Melvin L. Cauthen ... Earvin Williams (as Melvin Cauthen)

Richard K. Olsen ... Seddon Washington (as Richard Olsen)
Olivia Bost ... Sweet Betty
Bill Nelson ... Fauntleroy
Walter Hand ... Preacher

Directed by
Susanna Styron 
Writing credits
William Styron (short story)

Susanna Styron (screenplay) &
Bridget Terry (screenplay)

Produced by
Boaz Davidson .... producer
Jonathan Demme .... executive producer
Danny Dimbort .... executive producer
Avi Lerner .... executive producer
Ric Rondell .... line producer
Elie Samaha .... executive producer
Steve Shareshian .... executive producer
Trevor Short .... executive producer
Bridget Terry .... producer
John Thompson .... producer
Original Music by
Van Dyke Parks 
Cinematography by
Hiro Narita (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Colleen Sharp 
Casting by
Tracy Kilpatrick 
Production Design by
Burton Rencher 
Set Decoration by
Valerie Fann 
Costume Design by
Dona Granata 
Makeup Department
Susan Buffington .... assistant hair stylist
Susan Buffington .... assistant makeup artist
Rudolph Eavy III .... key makeup artist (as Rudolph Eavey III)
Jeff Goodwin .... makeup artist: Shadrach
Thomas Holland .... makeup artist: Shadrach
Linda Kamp .... assistant hair stylist
Linda Kamp .... assistant makeup artist
Mary Hedges Lampert .... assistant hair stylist (as Mary Lampert)
Mary Hedges Lampert .... assistant makeup artist (as Mary Lampert)
Aldo Signoretti .... key hair stylist
Production Management
George Gale .... post-production supervisor: Millenium Films
Eleanor Hemingway .... production supervisor
Brad Smith .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Susan Carpenter .... second assistant director
Craig Edwards .... second second assistant director
Kevin J. Moore .... first assistant director (as Kevin Moore)
Art Department
C. Scott Baker .... art department assistant (as Scott Baker)
Goldie Fairfa .... art department intern
Matt Fann .... on-set dresser
Alex Ferguson .... swing crew
Brian Avery Galligan .... assistant property master
Jake Ippolito .... swing crew
Bob Kennedy .... foreman
Dean Kennedy .... construction coordinator
Ted J. Koch .... property master (as Ted Koch)
Gregory Messer .... swing crew
Randall Milazzo .... lead man
Donald G. Millis .... greensman
Patrick O'Kelly .... scenic chargeman
Samuel Schons .... carpenter
Terry Tullock .... labor
Jennifer Wynn O'Kelly .... lead scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dana Austin .... foley supervisor (as Dana Porter-Johnson)
Dwayne Avery .... sound editor
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Dicken Berglund .... dialogue editor: TV/VHS version
Dicken Berglund .... re-recording mixer: TV/VHS version
John Boyd .... sound re-recording mixer
Steven Brimmer .... sound recording supervisor
Dominique Decaudain .... foley artist (as Dominique Decaudian)
Kim Drummond .... sound editor
William Freesh .... sound re-recording mixer (as Bill Freesh)
Bob Hile .... sound recordist
Steve Hollenbeck .... sound editor
Larry Long .... production sound mixer
Michael Rayle .... sound assistant (as Mike Rayle)
Mike Reale .... sound recordist (as Michael Reale)
Carl Rudisill .... production sound mixer
Joseph T. Sabella .... foley artist (as Joe Sabella)
Jackson Schwartz .... foley mixer
Ron Sistare .... boom operator
John Sisti .... supervising sound editor (as John L. Sisti)
David Spybrook .... adr recordist
David Spybrook .... foley recordist
David F. Van Slyke .... sound editor (as David Van Slyke)
Byron Wilson .... sound editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Allen Hurd .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Jay Peck .... foley artist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Christopher Dusendschon .... in-show optical process and effects compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... main title sequence optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Mindy Minkow .... optical camera (uncredited)
John Copeman .... stunt coordinator
Dino Muccio .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Aldridge .... first assistant camera (as Alan Alderidge)
Eric Bartsch .... key grip
Patrick Borowiak .... second assistant camera
Edward Brennan .... second assistant camera
Stephen Brock .... electrician (as Steve Brock)
Kelly Curry .... best boy
Chris Dambra .... electrician
Kevin Davis .... grip (as Cuz Davis)
Matt Doll .... grip
Frank Godwin .... first assistant camera
Rufus Granger Jr. .... dolly grip (as Rufus Grainger)
Prashant Gupta .... still photographer
Billy Hendricks .... best boy (as Billybob Hendricks)
Fredrick D. Lewis .... grip
Bob Newcomb .... camera operator
Cristiano Palermi .... electrician
Daniel Taylor .... camera loader
James Tomaro .... gaffer (as Jim Tomaro)
Troy N. Wade .... dolly grip (as Troy Wade)
Alexandre Naufel .... gaffer: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Bob Newcomb .... cinematographer: second unit (uncredited)
Mike Smith .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Katie Conkey .... extras casting (as Katie Conkley)
Susan Shopmaker .... casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cameron Doyle .... set costumer
Lisa A. Doyle .... costume supervisor (as Lisa Doyle)
Micelle Pridgen .... wardrobe production assistant (as Michelle Pridgen)
Alonzo Wilson .... costume supervisor (as Alonzo V. Wilson)
Editorial Department
Monica Coronati .... editorial intern
Saul Escobedo .... color timer
Todd Gilbert .... post-production coordinator: Millenium Films
Justine Halliday .... assistant editor
Noëlle Penraat .... negative cutter (as Noelle Penraat)
Perri Pivovar .... second assistant editor
Lucy Jo Stone .... editorial coordinator
Anne-Marie Hess .... editorial intern (uncredited)
Location Management
Ginger Ussery .... location manager
Music Department
Jon Baker .... score mixer
Cary Ginell .... music clearance
Ira Ingber .... pre-score producer
Walter Robinson .... music consultant
John Rosenberg .... music contractor
Sherry Whitfield .... music editor
Todd Hayen .... conductor (uncredited)
Todd Hayen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Frank Macchia .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Donell Crumpler Jr. .... driver (as Donell Crumpler)
Mary Dailey .... driver
Chuck Flynn .... transportation coordinator
Russell Hicks .... driver
Phyllis Leigh .... driver
J.B. Long .... driver
Mark McNeill .... transportation captain
Mack Odham .... driver
Nick Prosser .... driver
Diane Renna .... driver
Scott Siler .... driver
Sonya Tomaro .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Taylor Ammons .... production secretary
Matthew Bautch .... production intern
Mandy Branch .... vice president of production: Millenium Films
Penelope Bunsen .... post-production accountant: Millenium Films
John C. Carlton .... stand-in
Mitch Carter .... group supervisor
Elayne Barbara Ceder .... title designer (as Elayne Ceder)
Hal Cosec .... stand-in
Martin Eckhardt .... stand-in
Jason E. Frankel .... legal services
Heather Gnegy .... production intern
April H. Grantham .... craft service (as April Grantham)
Jonathan Heller .... caterer
Therese Honeycutt .... assistant locations
Diane Jedrezejczyk .... production intern
Michael G. Jefferson .... key set production assistant (as Michael Jefferson)
Yuri Karjane .... production intern
Bill Kilmon .... caterer
Robert A. Kline .... legal services
Loren Lockwood .... assistant: Mr. Keitel
Lexie Longstreet .... script supervisor
Alisha Manlove .... production intern
Susan Muir .... completion guarantor
Ante Novakovic .... trainer
Rudy A. Persico .... set production assistant (as Rudy Persico)
Steve Ransohoff .... completion guarantor
Eric Rei .... caterer
Caroline Rogers .... assistant: Ms. MacDowell
Alicia Rudd .... animal trainer
John Sawyer Jr. .... stand-in
Ken Schatz .... dialect coach
Linda Schmitt .... set teacher
Scott T. Seibold .... stand-in
Jon Shiffman .... assistant vice president: Imperial Entertainment Group (as John Shiffman)
Jackie Short .... assistant accountant
Van Starling .... set production assistant
Janet Stegall .... stand-in
Sally Strickland .... set medic
Tisha D. Trevino .... office production assistant
Clive Turner .... accountant
Jared Underwood .... senior vice president: Imperial Entertainment Group
Neda Armian .... production associate (uncredited)
Mary Tobler .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Cari Beauchamp .... special thanks
George Borghi .... special thanks
Terry Carlton .... special thanks
Marie Hélène Desbiens .... special thanks (as Marie-Helene Desbiens)
Peggy Farrell .... special thanks
Jeanne Field .... special thanks
Linda Francis .... special thanks
Betty Goldberg .... special thanks
Steven J. Goldfisher .... special thanks
Peggy Gormley .... special thanks
Adrienne Harvey .... special thanks
Philip Horne .... special thanks
Lynn Houston .... special thanks
Julie Janney .... special thanks
Phyllis Kaufman .... special thanks
Elizabeth Kling .... special thanks
Emma Larson .... special thanks
Lilah Larson .... special thanks
David Littlefield .... special thanks
Irene Mecchi .... special thanks
Danielle Merrill .... special thanks
Robert Messinger .... special thanks
Vera Moss .... special thanks
Bill Nisselson .... special thanks
Michael Ontkean .... special thanks
Constance Royster .... special thanks
Art Seidel .... special thanks
Justin Smith .... special thanks
Jamie Smith-Jackson .... special thanks (as Jamie Smith Jackson)
Mark L. Stricklin .... special thanks (as Mark Stricklin)
Calvin Ussery .... special thanks
Douglas Vaughan .... special thanks (as Rev. Douglas Vaughan)
Margarita Villalobos .... special thanks
James L. West III .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG-13 for language and brief sexuality
89 min | France:98 min
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Did You Know?

The name Shadrach is Biblical, and comes from the Book of Daniel. Shadrach, along with Meshach and Abednego was one of the 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 Nebuchadnezzer, the King of Babylon, when they refused to bow to an idol. (Daniel 3:1-29)See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A nice little film, 8 December 1999
Author: Bobs-9 from Chicago, Illinois, USA

I've read quite a few reviews here and at other sites, and this movie sure seems to be taking its lumps (although I did read some favorable reviews). I don't know, though -- I rather liked it. It is a simple and straightforward story. It is certainly sentimentalized to some extent, but I am not one of those people for whom that is anathema. Despite its hard times, depression-era setting and poor white trash characters, there is a certain amount of idealization in the film. My gut feelings are that in real life Mr. Dabney, being a product of his time, would be more hard-hearted towards old Shadrach. Andie MacDowell is likeable as Mrs. Dabney, but she looked far too healthy and aerobically svelte to be the beer-guzzling alcoholic mother of a large, unwashed, lice-infested family living below the poverty level. Just having her clutch a beer bottle in almost every scene didn't quite pull off the illusion. Despite its simplification of complex social issues, its idealization of human nature fondly remembered in old age left me with kind of a warm fuzzy feeling. Some reviewers have rated "Shadrach" as being of "TV movie" quality, but I think a vice common to many TV movies is avoided here. Namely, trying to deal with tough, complex issues comprehensively in 90 to 120 minutes. The story is scaled down to its essence, and as such is nicely handled in an hour and a half. While Shadrach himself is sort of an enigma, trying to tell the story of his 99-year-long life in any sort of satisfying way could have expanded the film to epic, miniseries length. A film which touches on the issue of slavery in America, even obliquely, is bound to leave a certain amount of people unsatisfied if it does not proceed to rail at length about Man's inhumanity to Man. I just don't think that was the point of the film, though, and no film can satisfy everyone's expectations. I just see this as a sweet, sentimental, (and sure, rather unrealistic) view of events in a certain time and place, as seen through the eyes of a child. The fact that in a dream sequence young Paul sees Shadrach being presented with a Micky Mouse watch in the middle of the 19th century illustrates that we are seeing a child's-eye view of this story. I liked "Shadrach" enough to buy the video, and I think it's gotten sort of a bum rap.

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