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Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)

A drama set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford's search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the morals of her small town. Based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Starks
Mel Winkler ...
Logan Killicks
Tea Cake
Amos Hicks
Pearl Stone
Phoebe Watson
Sam Watson
Liege Moss
Lula Moss
Walter Stone
Annie Tyler
Motor Boat (as Artel Kayaru)


Sassy Janie Starks looks unlike to get anywhere in pre-Great War Easton, Florida, but lands the best colored catch, lively shopkeeper Joe Starks, who even becomes town mayor. However her refusal to oblige his expectations of decency turn love into bitterness. After his death, she prefers to enjoy 'freedom' again, with cocky outsider 'Tea Cake' as playmate, and not just at chess. They even face the risks of seasonal labor. Written by KGF Vissers

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6 March 2005 (USA)  »

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Die Liebe stirbt nie  »

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[first lines]
Janie Starks: There's two things everybody got to find out for theyselves: they got to find out about love, and they got to find out about living. Now, love is like the sea. It's a moving thing. And it's different on every shore. And living... well, I just come back from burying the dead.
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Awesome Movie!!
18 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think this movie was great because it teaches you a moral lesson by showing you that money is not everything in the world and also that if you love somebody it doesn't matter if they are rich or poor you should see what they are made of on the inside before judging them. In this movie the main character Janie goes through many things that women today are facing and show how strong she is. You shouldn't always listen to what people have to say because they don't know what's going on inside of you. I think movies like this could help people see the differences between love and money and how it could make a person change their lives by becoming a stronger person.

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