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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 31 January 1974
Story of a black woman in the South who was born into slavery in the 1850s and lives to become a part of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.


John Korty


Tracy Keenan Wynn (screenplay), Ernest J. Gaines (novel)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cicely Tyson ... Jane Pittman
Eric Brown ... Jimmy Age 7
Richard Dysart ... Master Bryant (as Richard A. Dysart)
Joel Fluellen Joel Fluellen ... Unc Isom
Will Hare ... Elbert Cluveau
Katherine Helmond ... Lady at House
David Hooks David Hooks ... Colonel Dye
Elinora B. Johnson Elinora B. Johnson ... Mary
Warren Kenner Warren Kenner ... Job
Dudley Knight ... Trooper Brown
Derrick Mills Derrick Mills ... Little Ned at age 5
Michael Murphy ... Quentin Lerner
Valerie Odell Valerie Odell ... Ticey (as Valeria Odell)
Odetta Odetta ... Big Laura
Rod Perry ... Joe Pittman


Beginning during the racial turmoil of 1960s Louisiana, 110-year-old ex-slave Jane Pittman grants an interview to a persistent journalist and relates the remarkable story of her life. Orphaned early, she toils on a plantation until a chance meeting with a white Union soldier named Brown changes her outlook. Jane's emancipation marks only the beginning of an arduous and heartbreaking odyssey, framed by the horrors of slavery and the justice of the civil rights movement. Written by Jwelch5742

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31 January 1974 (USA) See more »

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During the wide shot of the plantation scene, you can see a station wagon driving in the back. See more »


Ned Age 42: I want my children to be black and proud of it.
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Good Film
19 September 2001 | by sandra836See all my reviews

This film is very rare to find. I saw it with a friend at her house. The picture looks very old, looks like it was made a thousand years ago, but I just found out it was made in 1974. This is a very good film. It tells the tale about an ex-slave woman named Jane Pittman who is 110 years old; at the time it was 1962 Louisiana, so she must have been born around the 1850s. She is as black as night and coal, and her skin is mighty wrinkled. It's hard to believe they put make up on her, I assumed the woman who played her would be long dead by now, but she isn't. The woman playing her is Cicely Tyson, (who was about 30-something at the time) who also played "Harriet Tubman" four years later. She tells a New York reporter about her life as a slave and when she turned eleven in 1865, all the slaves were set free. Whoever played young Jane did an excellent job as the bold, sad looking waif girl. Jane Pittman narrates this story sitting down in a chair. It has flashbacks, such as if she'd be telling one incident in her life that happened long ago and then they'd go back to that incident, then the screen would black and and go back to her sitting on the chair with her black, coal self. Good script, acting, everyone did well, underrated, it should show on TV and have people know of this movie, but oh well.

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