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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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Joe Starks
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Logan Killicks
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Tea Cake
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Hezekiah
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Liege Moss
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Lula Moss
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Nanny
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Motor Boat (as Artel Kayaru)
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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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Trivia

Zora Neale Hurston, author of the novel upon which this movie is based, grew up in Eatonville, Florida. See more »

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Janie shoots the same tin can twice. See more »

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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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Featured in The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2006) See more »

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Great movie, but the book is still better!
10 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

We watched the movie as a class assignment after reading the book and i must say i really liked the movie, but the book is still so much better! so if you liked the movie, i advise you to read the book - its fantastic! Many key points in the book (or so i thought) was not in the movie, an example is Janie's trial after she kills Tea Cake and several of the characters were also Unfortunately left out. But it is a very good movie - especially for a made for TV movie.

to everyone who enjoys a good movie with some meaning to it; see this movie

to everyone who have read the book; the movie is great and really does the book justice (As least as much as can be expected from a movie made for such a great book)


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