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A Stranger in the Kingdom (1999)

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A Vermont town in the 1950's hires a new minister based on his war record and capable presentation, but then are shocked when he shows up and is a black man. Things go completely wrong for ... See full summary »

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Jay Craven

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Howard Frank Mosher (novel), Don Bredes (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Lansbury ... Charlie Kinneson
Ernie Hudson ... Rev. Walter Andrews
Martin Sheen ... Sigurd Moulton
Bill Raymond ... Resolved Kinneson
Sean Nelson ... Nathan Andrews
Jean Louisa Kelly ... Athena Allen
Tom Aldredge ... Elijah Kinneson
Rusty De Wees Rusty De Wees ... Harlan Kittredge
Larry Pine ... Edward Kinneson
Michael Ryan Segal ... Frenchy LaMott
Jordan Bayne ... Claire LaRiviere
George Dickerson George Dickerson ... Sheriff Mason White
Henry Gibson ... Zack Burrows
Carrie Snodgress ... Ruth Kinneson
Tantoo Cardinal ... Heaven Fontaine
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A Vermont town in the 1950's hires a new minister based on his war record and capable presentation, but then are shocked when he shows up and is a black man. Things go completely wrong for the minister when he becomes accused of the murder of a young woman he had given shelter. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Drama

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Rated R for language and a scene of violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1999 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Enas xenos anamesa mas See more »

Filming Locations:

Chelsea, Vermont, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color
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Howard Frank Mosher's barn was used as the soundstage for the cockfight and strip-show scenes. See more »

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References The Great Train Robbery (1978) See more »

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Dark, well-executed post-World War II drama
16 April 2007 | by Benedict_CumberbatchSee all my reviews

Walter Andrews (Ernie Hudson) is hired over the phone to serve as a minister in Kingdom County, Vermont, 1952. He arrives at the town with his son Nathan (Sean Nelson, "Fresh") and people are surprised that he's a black man. As if the latent, sometimes explicit, racism weren't enough, Walter is accused of the murder of a pretty young woman, Claire (Jordan Bayne).

This is a dark, well made post-WWII drama adapted by Jay Craven and Don Bredes from a fact-based novel by Howard Frank Mosher. The good and discreet Ernie Hudson (mostly known as Warden Leo Glynn from HBO's "Oz"), Jordan Bayne's whimsical, Milla Jovovich-ish beauty and the inspired score by The Horse Flies stand out. Veteran Henry Gibson, Martin Sheen and his daughter Renee Estevez have small parts. My vote: 7/10.


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