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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jane Pittman
... Jimmy Age 7
... Master Bryant (as Richard A. Dysart)
Joel Fluellen ... Unc Isom
... Elbert Cluveau
... Lady at House
David Hooks ... Colonel Dye
Elinora B. Johnson ... Mary
Warren Kenner ... Job
... Trooper Brown
Derrick Mills ... Little Ned at age 5
... Quentin Lerner
Valerie Odell ... Ticey (as Valeria Odell)
Odetta ... Big Laura
... Joe Pittman
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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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During the wide shot of the plantation scene, you can see a station wagon driving in the back. See more »

Quotes

Ned Age 42: I want my children to be black and proud of it.
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Referenced in Ugly Betty: The Lyin', the Watch and the Wardrobe (2006) See more »

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superb acting from Cicely Tyson makes this movie unforgettable
6 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

To be honest, I haven't seen this film for years but it is among the most moving I have ever seen. Most of all, it was a tour de force of acting by Cicely Tyson, giving the performance of a lifetime, in my view. This is the woman who had seen it all from civil war days to the beginning of the civil rights era. The grace, wisdom and integrity that comes through the character is phenomenal. The scene where Cicely Tyson describes the tree she loves would move even the most jaded cynic.... Though I am no historian by trade, it seems to me that this film takes us through some of the most important eras in the history of America, as seen through the eyes of the character Miss Jane Pittman. I remember I was only 20 when I saw it, but I have no doubt that this film will retain its vigor and relevancy for decades to come....


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