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A Lesson Before Dying (1999)

TV Movie  -   -  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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Jefferson
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Miss Emma
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Reverend Ambrose
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Vivian Baptiste
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Edna Guidry
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Henri Pichot
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Clarence
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Louis Washington
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Irene
Cierra Meche ...
Estelle
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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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Rated PG-13 for a scene of violence, brief strong language and some sensuality | See all certifications »
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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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Jefferson's execution date is right after Easter. Yet as the schoolchildren are going to the jail for a last visit with him, there are autumn leaves on the ground. See more »

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One of the Best TV Movies Ever
29 December 2002 | by (Santa Clarita, CA) – See all my reviews

I read the book not that long ago, and had been trying for some time to locate this HBO version for some time. I finally recieved it as a Christmas present and watched it. It was fantastic! Screenwriter Ann peacock and director Joseph Sargent did a fantastic job bring Ernest Gaines' novel to the small screen. It's worth seeking out!


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