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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (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.

Director:

John Korty

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Autobiografia di Miss Jane Pittman See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tomorrow Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Ned Age 42: I want my children to be black and proud of it.
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LOVED IT A LOT
11 September 2004 | by jay_bird_27530See all my reviews

As I saw the movie, I thought of the song "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen" This woman lived through several wars, a husband killed by his own horse, to the civil right era. She was a paragon of strength and vitality, even when she approached 110 years of age. A vitality that some of us younger ones around 17 to 30 years old don't seem to have. Excellent cast. Wonderful makeup job on Cicely Tyson. Good script (although it strayed a bit from the book). I would highly recommend that whoever gets the movie, holds off on viewing it until reading the book, then they can appreciate the feel and the power Miss Tyson contributed to this role. Bravo, Miss Tyson. And Kudos to Ernest Gaines for his book and John Korty for his directorial prowess.


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