John, a white man raised by his uncle, a slaveowner and Billy, a black child born into slavery grew up together and became BFF after Bill was sold away from his mother when he was 8. They ... See full summary »

Director:

Kenneth Johnson

Writer:

Kenneth Johnson
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Carradine ... John Fairfield
Larry B. Scott ... Bill Jackson
Cynthia Dale ... Elizabeth
Renée Jones ... Lilah
Bumper Robinson ... Adam
Caryn Ward Caryn Ward ... Emily
James B. Douglas James B. Douglas ... Crocker Giddings
Denis Forest ... Brandt
James Mainprize James Mainprize ... Levi Coffin
Marsha Moreau Marsha Moreau ... Angelica Giddings
Ken Pogue ... Uncle Avery
Chris Wiggins Chris Wiggins ... Flour Merchant
Tonya Williams ... Jenny
Barry Blake Barry Blake ... Patroler (as Barry Edward Blake)
George Buza ... Store Owner
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John, a white man raised by his uncle, a slaveowner and Billy, a black child born into slavery grew up together and became BFF after Bill was sold away from his mother when he was 8. They made it their mission to free slaves by helping them to escape to the North and many to Canada long before the Underground Railroad. They risked their lives to do a few times and still continued to do so. Written by Suzanne Thomas

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I liberatori See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The most touching romantic docudrama.
5 June 2004 | by djwynyardSee all my reviews

Seeing this film made me go to the library to read Coffin's autobiography. It is sad that heroes like John Fairfield have been largely denied to history by narrow-minded gatekeepers who felt that some love ought not be allowed to speak its own name. Some of that is changing, albeit far too slowly. Even here, with Disney funding, some OGHP (offensive gratuitous heterosexist propaganda) had to be inserted. However, this is my favourite film. Larry B. Scott and Robert Caradine are perfectly cast. The dedication line in the end credits (with dates of birth and death) is quite telling. We look forward to a time when such flying under the radar need no longer be necessary.


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