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Two men separated by 100 years are united in their search for freedom. In 1856 a slave, Samuel Woodward and his family, escape from the Monroe Plantation near Richmond, Virginia. A secret ... See full summary »

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Jefferson Monroe
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Adira
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Two men separated by 100 years are united in their search for freedom. In 1856 a slave, Samuel Woodward and his family, escape from the Monroe Plantation near Richmond, Virginia. A secret network of ordinary people known as the Underground Railroad guide the family on their journey north to Canada. They are relentlessly pursued by the notorious slave hunter Plimpton. Hunted like a dog and haunted by the unthinkable suffering he and his forbears have endured, Samuel is forced to decide between revenge or freedom. 100 years earlier in 1748, John Newton the Captain of a slave trader sails from Africa with a cargo of slaves, bound for America. On board is Samuel's great grandfather whose survival is tied to the fate of Captain Newton. The voyage changes Newton's life forever and he creates a legacy that will inspire Samuel and the lives of millions for generations to come. Written by Distributor

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Two men, 100 years apart, united by amazing grace.

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5 April 2015 (USA)  »

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John Newton's fiancée sings It Is Well (With My Soul) which was written 100+'years later. See more »

Goofs

On the slave ship, dead slaves are shown wrapped in canvas tied with rope, before they're thrown overboard. Slavers would never have wasted canvas and rope in that way. Dead slaves were simply tossed overboard unceremoniously. See more »

Soundtracks

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Performed by The St. Olaf Choir and Marvis Martin
Also performed by Phillip Boykin, Jeremy Pope, Roslyn Seale, Nesha Ward, Sumayya Ali, Geovonday Jones, Nikki Stephenson, Brandon Dennis and Billy Lowrimore
Conducted by James Lavino
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I liked the movie, it was OK.
10 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A family of runaway slaves head for Canada on the Underground Railroad, along the way, the eldest tells the story of how the family came to America and how they first found faith.

It feels like a passion project for Cuba Gooding Jr. who produced the project as well as acted in it. It was worth it.

The movie does not hold back on what a dark time slavery was, which made it all more inspiring watching this family escape from it. Along the way, meeting such famous figures as Fredrick Douglas.

I'm not to big on religion, so the whole Christian thing did not appeal to me at all. Cuba plays a man who gave up on God (which I feel is understandable for a slave) While the rest of his family believes that God is guiding them to freedom.

I also was disinterested in the sub story of a the ship captain that reluctantly brought slaves into the States.

The whole thing at times acted like a bad Broadway musical which was unattractive.

Overall, it's hard to find a movie about slavery enjoyable, but I did. It was a very realistic look at the subject and worth taking a look at.


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