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Writers (WGA):
Ernest J. Gaines (novel)
Ann Peacock (teleplay)
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Release Date:
22 May 1999 (USA) See more »
In the 1940s South, an African-American man is wrongly accused of the killing of a white store owner... See more » | Add synopsis »
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 10 wins & 19 nominations See more »
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a pretty close interpretation of the book See more (20 total) »


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Don Cheadle ... Grant Wiggins

Cicely Tyson ... Tante Lou

Mekhi Phifer ... Jefferson

Irma P. Hall ... Miss Emma

Brent Jennings ... Reverend Ambrose

Lisa Arrindell ... Vivian Baptiste (as Lisa Arrindell Anderson)

Dana Ivey ... Edna Guidry

Frank Hoyt Taylor ... Sheriff Guidry
Stuart Culpepper ... Henri Pichot
Patty Mack ... Inez
Von Coulter ... Farrell Jarreau

Elijah Kelley ... Clarence
Wynton Yates ... Louis Washington

Jameelah Nuriddin ... Irene
Cierra Meche ... Estelle

Sonny Shroyer ... Defense Attorney
Clay Chappell ... Deputy Paul

Sahr Ngaujah ... Brother (as Michael Sahr Ngaujah)
David Kote ... Bear
Danny Nelson ... Mr. Grope
Walter Breaux Jr. ... Joe

Carol Sutton ... Thelma
Julian Dalcour ... Bricklayer #1

Anthony Michael Frederick ... Bricklayer #2

Ronald McCall ... Foreman
Anthony Bean ... Field Hand
Larry McDonald ... Old Field Hand
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mark Rickard ... Charlie (uncredited)

Terence Rosemore ... Man in bar (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph Sargent 
Writing credits
Ernest J. Gaines (novel)

Ann Peacock (teleplay)

Produced by
Robert Benedetti .... producer
Daniel Bernstein .... associate producer
Celia D. Costas .... co-producer
Ted Demme .... executive producer
Tracy Falco .... associate producer
Ellen M. Krass .... executive producer (as Ellen Krass)
Joel Stillerman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Ernest Troost 
Cinematography by
Donald M. Morgan 
Film Editing by
Michael Brown 
Casting by
Robi Reed  (as Robi Reed-Humes)
Production Design by
Charles C. Bennett 
Set Decoration by
David Schlesinger 
Costume Design by
Hope Hanafin 
Makeup Department
Brian Badie .... assistant hair stylist
Sterfon Demings .... hair designer
K-Bobby .... hair stylist
Douglas Noe .... makeup artist: Ms. Tyson
Production Management
Juanita F. Diana .... post-production supervisor
Jane Nerlinger Evans .... executive in charge of production
Patricia Serafina Madiedo .... production supervisor (as Patricia Madiedo)
Benjamin Benedetti .... post-supervisor (uncredited)
Art Department
Gail Briant .... scenic
Scot Broadus .... set dresser
Andrew M. Casbon III .... scenic artist
Randall S. Coe .... construction coordinator
Tim Cohn .... on-set dresser
David Erwin .... on-set dresser
Kevin Harber .... prop maker
John Herbert .... painter
Dave Kelsey .... lead scenic
Vince LeBlanc .... set dresser (as Vince Le Blanc)
Daniel A. Maes .... set dresser
Michael S. Martin .... property master
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... re-recording mixer
Jimmy 'Coach' Armstrong .... cable person
Jimmy 'Coach' Armstrong .... second boom operator
Rick Ash .... re-recording mixer
Scott Ganary .... re-recording mixer
Kenneth L. Johnson .... sound effects editor
Shirley Libby .... production sound mixer
Eric A. Norris .... sound effects editor
Drew Ponder .... boom operator
Richard Taylor .... supervising sound editor
Noel Vought .... foley artist
Special Effects by
David K. Nami .... special effects foreman
Chuck Jeffreys .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Tim Bourque .... crane operator
Ron Cooney .... key grip
Bob Greene .... still photographer
Erik Heinila .... still photographer
Larry Kaster .... gaffer
Russell McElhatton .... camera operator
Paul Olinde .... best boy electric
John B. Pekkanen .... electrician
Ronald Raschke .... assistant camera
Darrin Dickerson .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Shay Griffin .... location casting (as Shay Bentley-Griffin)
Yolanda D. Hunt .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mitzi Haralson .... costumer
Editorial Department
Diane LeDesma .... colorist
Kevin O'Connor .... colorist
Brett Weiner .... post-production assistant
Location Management
Virginia McCollam .... location scout
Music Department
Bob Beecher .... assistant music editor
Rick Giovinazzo .... orchestrator
Chris Ledesma .... music editor
Transportation Department
Robert Brubaker .... transportation captain
Dale Combs .... driver: camera truck
Other crew
Nicole Barré .... production assistant
Erin Borel .... assistant coordinator
George Bott .... production assistant
Benita Brazier .... script supervisor
James L. Fields .... production assistant
Ariana Garfinkel .... production assistant
Alan Grabelsky .... vice president production
Rankin Hickman .... production assistant
Alissa M. Kantrow .... production coordinator
Mark Miller .... payroll accountant
Stacia Peters .... development associate: Joel Stillerman: Tracy Falco
Terence Rosemore .... stand-in: Mr. Cheadle
Andrew Sears .... first assistant accountant
Jeff Steele .... assistant: Ms. Krass
Barbara-Ann Stein .... production accountant
Jerri Whiteman .... second assistant accountant

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Rated PG-13 for a scene of violence, brief strong language and some sensuality
105 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
a pretty close interpretation of the book, 26 May 2003
Author: KHenry85 from St. Louis, Missouri

I was required this semester to read a book by an American author and then watch at least one movie based upon the book. I chose "A Lesson Before Dying," by Ernest J. Gaines. The book was excellent and made me cry. The movie was very close to the book, with the exception that some of the scenes orders were switched up (which did not change the meaning very much), it was missing an important, but long scene (the scene's length is probably why it was left out), and a main character was completely deleted. All in all, though, a person could learn just as many things from the movie as from the book, although I still recommend reading the book. I enjoyed watching the movie, the acting was very good. Too bad this movie couldn't make it on the big screen. There are so many lessons to be learned from the unbelievable story line.

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