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The Journey of August King (1995)

PG-13 | | Drama | 26 January 1996 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

John Duigan

Writers:

John Ehle (novel), John Ehle
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Patric ... August King
Thandie Newton ... Annalees
Larry Drake ... Olaf Singletary
Sam Waterston ... Mooney Wright
Sarah-Jane Wylde Sarah-Jane Wylde ... Ida Wright
Eric Mabius ... Hal Wright
Muse Watson ... Zimmer
John Doman ... Bolton
Andy Stahl ... Harrison (as Andrew Stahl)
Danny Nelson Danny Nelson ... Felix
Collin Wilcox Paxton ... Mina
Dean Rader-Duval ... Gabriel (as Dean Rader Duvall)
Billy Ray Reynolds Billy Ray Reynolds ... Ben
Marlus Harding Marlus Harding ... Sims (as Marlus C. Harding)
Lisa Roberts Gillan ... Meg (as Lisa Roberts)
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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 Joel Schesser <joelsd@aol.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of shocking violence | See all certifications »

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Goofs

When Annalees (Thandie Newton) sees Sims hanging upside down, August calls her Thandie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Harry (Son): [running to injured dog] Gracie!
Ben: One of my bravest. Scars from 14 battles, if a one.
August King: I see 'em.
Ben: Father was a huntin' hound. Mother a German dog, Tan.
August King: Might live, you doctor it.
Ben: Eh, never get the courage back.
[reloading his rifle]
Ben: I know dogs.
August King: [feeds the dog some bread]
[...]
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Soundtracks

Pretty Bird
Written by Hazel Dickens
Performed by Hazel Dickens
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Courtesy of Rounder Records
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Breathtaking
23 March 2004 | by KatharineFanaticSee all my reviews

Of the handful of comments for this extraordinary film, most of them have the story wrong. The tale is not about a man "falling in love with his dead wife's slave." August King becomes involved in helping a young negro girl escape from her cruel owner in the backwoods of South Carolina in the early eighteen hundreds. The love is more sacrificial than sexual, and the film teaches excellent lessons about duty, honor, compassion, responsibility, and making choices. August finds himself through helping Annalees.

It's beautifully filmed and very stirring, with the kind of conclusion that makes many other films seem incomplete and shallow. This is an excellent film. It's also very family-friendly aside from some thematic elements (a slave is cleaved in half, animals are slaughtered, and so forth). I purchased it on a whim and never regretted the twenty bucks I spent. Everyone should see this at least once.


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Official Sites:

Miramax

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor e Liberdade See more »

Filming Locations:

North Carolina, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,955, 12 November 1995

Gross USA:

$14,381

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,381
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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