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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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Touching film
16 October 2001 | by richards1052See all my reviews

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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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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