The Journey of August King is a multi-dimensional drama about a North Carolina farmer in April 1815. August King, a widower, is on his way home as he does every year after selling his ...
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The Journey of August King is a multi-dimensional drama about a North Carolina farmer in April 1815. August King, a widower, is on his way home as he does every year after selling his produce and purchasing the stock and goods he will need for the coming year. On his journey, he comes upon a run-away slave, a 17 year old young woman and August King must decide to violate the law and help this slave to freedom or leave her to be hunted down and,ultimately, returned to her slave owner. But the drama turns into a question of whether either soul will gain freedom.Written by
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[running to injured dog]
One of my bravest. Scars from 14 battles, if a one.
I see 'em.
Father was a huntin' hound. Mother a German dog, Tan.
Might live, you doctor it.
Eh, never get the courage back.
[reloading his rifle]
I know dogs.
[feeds the dog some bread]
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I'm not sure why this film is ranked so low. I saw it on cable a few yrs. back & loved it. It's one of those thoughtful, literate, understated films that go straight to video & are never seen by anyone. But this one is too good to slip into oblivion.
Jason Patric as usual burns through the film w. his handsome, brooding visage. He falls in love w. his dead wife's black servant (but never consummates it this being the post Civil War South) & defends her fr. miscreant racist neighbors. As he prepares to send her North to freedom, they try to decide whether to leave together or not. Without giving away the ending, suffice to say that it is deeply moving.
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