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A House Divided (2000)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 30 July 2000
In the aftermath of the terrible Civil War which has devastated the South, Amanda America Dixon returns home to find she has become the sole heir to a vast cotton plantation. But the ... See full summary »

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David Dickson
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Amanda Dickson
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Julia
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Charles Dubose
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Elizabeth Dickson
Sean McCann ...
Rutherford
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Henry Dickson
Colin Fox ...
Doctor Lovick
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Lt. Brooks
Alison Sealy-Smith ...
Ruth
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Judge Stevens
Dara Perlmutter ...
Amanda (age 10)
Kayla Perlmutter ...
Amanda (age 5)
Omar McIntosh ...
Young Boy
Troy Seivwright-Adams ...
Silvester
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In the aftermath of the terrible Civil War which has devastated the South, Amanda America Dixon returns home to find she has become the sole heir to a vast cotton plantation. But the dreadful secret which has blighted her life threatens to deprive her of the birthright which her beloved father David had struggled for so long to create. Raised by her father and grandmother to be the perfect white Southern Belle, Amanda's true mother was a black slave Julia. Confronted with the forces of greed and bigotry, Amanda has to face not only the hatred of a racist world, but the complex truth of a family whose lives have been built on a lie. Written by jbjb

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Rated R for violent material including a sexual assault, and for some language | See all certifications »
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On March 2, 1885 David Dickson's will was submitted for probate to the Ordinary (now called Probate Judge) of Hancock County, R.H. Lewis (my great-grandfather). I believe he was referred to in the film as Judge Stevens. On July 6, 1885, despite the objections of David Dickson's white relatives, R.H. Lewis ruled in favor of the will. Consequently, the attorneys for the white relatives "appealed" to the Superior Court of Hancock County for consideration 'de novo' (latin for 'over again') as to probate of the will. This resulted in the court proceedings that began in November 1885 before a jury with Superior Court Judge Samuel Lumpkin (referred to as Judge Cottner in the film) presiding. No doubt due to time constraints, the film does not very effectively differentiate the proceedings in Superior Court before a jury from the earlier proceedings before the Ordinary (Probate Judge) without a jury. See more »

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Better than expected
24 March 2005 | by (Victoria, Canada) – See all my reviews

I hesitated when renting this as it looked like a sappy made-for-TV movie. It turned out to be well acted and there were no outright heroes or villains. The flashbacks to 30 or 40 years were well done: the people looked and acted younger, and as time went on their characters developed (as do real people.)

In particular I enjoyed the relationship between David and Julia. The only drawback was Amanda's "hurt person" acting -- she didn't really seem to be hurting, just kinda vacant.

I was also amazed that this was a Canadian movie. Maybe that's what made it work. Looking back on it now, I see how it was very non-Hollywood.


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