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A Lesson Before Dying (1999)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 22 May 1999
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In the 1940s South, an African-American man is wrongly accused of the killing of a white store owner. In his defense, his white attorney equates him with a lowly hog, to indicate that he ... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph Sargent

Writers:

Ernest J. Gaines (novel), Ann Peacock (teleplay)
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 10 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Cheadle ... Grant Wiggins
Cicely Tyson ... Tante Lou
Mekhi Phifer ... Jefferson
Irma P. Hall ... Miss Emma
Brent Jennings ... Reverend Ambrose
Lisa Arrindell ... Vivian Baptiste (as Lisa Arrindell Anderson)
Dana Ivey ... Edna Guidry
Frank Hoyt Taylor ... Sheriff Guidry
Stuart Culpepper Stuart Culpepper ... Henri Pichot
Patty Mack Patty Mack ... Inez
Von Coulter Von Coulter ... Farrell Jarreau
Elijah Kelley ... Clarence
Wynton Yates Wynton Yates ... Louis Washington
Jameelah Nuriddin Jameelah Nuriddin ... Irene
Cierra Meche Cierra Meche ... Estelle
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In the 1940s South, an African-American man is wrongly accused of the killing of a white store owner. In his defense, his white attorney equates him with a lowly hog, to indicate that he didn't have the sense to know what he was doing. Nevertheless convicted, he is sentenced to die, but his godmother and the aunt of the local schoolteacher convince the schoolteacher to go to the convicted man's cell each day to try to reaffirm to him that he is not an animal but a man with dignity. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of violence, brief strong language and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Lesson Before Dying - Nachhilfestunden in der Todeszelle See more »

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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The poem Grant reads to the children before Farrell comes to class with news from Sheriff Guidry the 2nd time is Edgar Allen Poe's "Annabel Lee." See more »

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Jefferson's execution date is right after Easter. Yet as the schoolchildren are going to the jail for a last visit with him, there are autumn leaves on the ground. See more »

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Strong and warm movie
19 September 1999 | by MarioBSee all my reviews

Seven out of ten HBO TV movie gives us what seven out of ten regular Hollywood movie can't give : a strong story. There is also a good sense of honesty in these TV productions. This one is among the best HBO I've seen in years. The story is superb and the script is very well written. Actors are also very strong. The message of this film should be known by all the people. It's also a great tearjerker!


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