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 »

Director:

Susanna Styron

Writers:

William Styron (short story), Susanna Styron (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Harvey Keitel and Andie MacDowell starred in Ginostra (2002). 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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Authentic and nostalgic
27 May 2000 | by cn1793See all my reviews

How refreshing it is to see a movie about northeastern North Carolina-southeastern Virginia that could actually have been filmed in the area and that features people who could actually have lived here! Well, it was a bit hard to believe that after living a hard life and birthing that many children, Andie McDowell's character would still look young, thin, and pretty. If I thought it would make me look like that, I'd take up drinking beer.

Amazingly, Harvey Keitel is believable as the irascible father, and his accent is even tolerable. Perhaps what is amazing is his versatility as an actor, since he was also believable as Baines in "The Piano," Auggie in "Smoke" and "Blue in the Face," the police detective in "Thelma and Louise," and all those heavies in all those gangster films.

What should you expect if you view this film? A glimpse at what this part of the world looked like before WWII and farm-to-market roads and typhoid shots and birth control; a child's-eye view of growing up in a rural family in the Depression; a story about doing what's right. I liked it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shadrach 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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