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A Lesson Before Dying (1999)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  22 May 1999 (USA)
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In the 1940s South, an African-American man is wrongly accused of the killing of a white store owner. In his defense, his white attorney equates him with a lowly hog, to indicate that he ... See full summary »

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Grant Wiggins
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Tante Lou
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Miss Emma
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Henri Pichot
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In the 1940s South, an African-American man is wrongly accused of the killing of a white store owner. In his defense, his white attorney equates him with a lowly hog, to indicate that he didn't have the sense to know what he was doing. Nevertheless convicted, he is sentenced to die, but his godmother and the aunt of the local schoolteacher convince the schoolteacher to go to the convicted man's cell each day to try to reaffirm to him that he is not an animal but a man with dignity. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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A Lesson Before Dying - Nachhilfestunden in der Todeszelle  »

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The poem Grant reads to the children before Farrell comes to class with news from Sheriff Guidry the 2nd time is Edgar Allen Poe's "Annabel Lee." See more »

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When Grant Wiggins spins the globe in the classroom, a student's finger lands on China, but she reads the name of the country as "Turkey." Her finger is clearly not on Turkey or anywhere near it. See more »

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Perfect from A to Z !
5 December 2003 | by (Ile-de-France / Paris Region, France) – See all my reviews

A really great film, beautifully filmed and acted with excellent character development. Much better than Miss Evers' Boys which was made by the same director. I really liked all the characters in each of their roles, and the spectator's interest is maintained without fail during the whole of the film. Although it is a very sad and unjust story the emotion distilled is enough to keep the spectator riveted to his or her seat !


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