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Shadrach (1998)

PG-13 | | Drama | 23 September 1998 (USA)
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In 1935, ninety-nine-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, ... See full summary »

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Susanna Styron

Writers:

William Styron (short story), Susanna Styron (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Sheen ... Narrator (voice)
John Franklin Sawyer ... Shadrach
Scott Terra ... Paul
Ginnie Randall Ginnie Randall ... Virginia
Darrell Larson ... Father
Deborah Hedwall ... Mother
Jonathan Parks Jordan ... Middle Mole
Erin Underwood ... Lucinda
Alice Rogers Alice Rogers ... Cloris
Monica Hewes ... Edmonia (as Monica Bugajski)
Daniel Treat Daniel Treat ... Little Mole
Andie MacDowell ... Trixie
Michael Ruff ... Smut
Muse Watson ... Captain
Doug Chancey Doug Chancey ... Dock Worker
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In 1935, ninety-nine-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, Trixie, and their seven children, and to bury a black man on that land is a violation of strict Virginia law.

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One man's journey changed another man's heart

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The name Shadrach is Biblical, and comes from the Book of Daniel. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were three men of God who were put into a fiery furnace, but who came out unscathed, because the Lord had protected them. They had been put in there by King Nebuchadnezzer of Babylon, when they refused to bow to an idol. (Daniel 3:1-29) See more »

Goofs

The film is set in 1935. When Paul walks into the house past his father and up the stairs (at the beginning of the film), a smoke detector is visible on the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs. See more »

Quotes

[Paul has learned curse words from the Dabneys and is yelling them into the closet.]
Paul: Son of a bitch, whorehouse, Jesus Christ, pisspot, asshole!
Mrs. Whitehurst: Come on, Paul, it's time to go to church!
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Soundtracks

Farther Along
Written by J.R. Baxter (uncredited) and John Starling (uncredited)
Performed by Preston Fulp
Traditional
Courtesy of Music Maker Recordings
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Good ... but far from great
28 September 1999 | by BarbaraB-2See all my reviews

The acting in this film is first rate. Keitel and McDowell are both superb, as are most of the supporting performers. Unfortunately, the rest of the film doesn't quite live up to their talent. The plot is too small, too contrived, and the actions by Keitel are in contradiction to his characterization. Although it has its moments and is a gentle little film that can help you pass a couple of hours, it won't stick with you and it's not nearly as heart-warming or touching as the blurb on the box would lead you to believe! More likely, as it ends you'll shrug and say, "Oh well, that was okay."

Of course, I kept thinking about how typically American the film was. Only in this country would a coarse, poverty stricken, beer-guzzlin' mountain woman be played by the gorgeous Andie McDowell!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il profumo di un giorno d'estate See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,669, 27 September 1998

Gross USA:

$20,167
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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