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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 »

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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Storyline

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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,167, 27 September 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Music by Charles Crozat Converse and lyrics by Joseph M. Scriven
Performed by Clarinda Hollmond
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Noble human story
25 April 2003 | by HokieDarrellSee all my reviews

Expanded from the short story of the same name from the little book "A Tidewater Morning" by William Styron, Shadrach is a wonderful film. If you haven't read the short-short story, you are in for a treat. When we are young, we feel a pull to leave; when we are old we are pulled back to where we came from. To walk from Alabama to Virginia to be buried where you grew up. A 100 year old former slave. That's a story.


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