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Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (2000)

Epic television miniseries exploring the complicated relationship of Thomas Jefferson and slave Sally Hemings, who conducted a 38 year love affair, spanning an ocean, ultimately producing children, grandchildren, and lots of controversy.

Director:

Charles Haid

Writer:

Tina Andrews
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Neill ... Thomas Jefferson
Carmen Ejogo ... Sally Hemings
Diahann Carroll ... Betty Hemings
Mare Winningham ... Martha 'Patsy' Jefferson Randolph
Mario Van Peebles ... James Hemings
Rene Auberjonois ... James Callender
Zeljko Ivanek ... Thomas Mann Randolph (as Zeljko Ivanek)
Klea Scott ... Critta Hemings
Jessica Townsend Jessica Townsend ... Maria 'Polly' Jefferson
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Henry Jackson (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Kevin Conway ... Thomas Paine
Amelia Heinle ... Harriet Hemings
Peter Bradbury Peter Bradbury ... Samuel Carr
Chris Stafford Chris Stafford ... Peter Carr
Kelly Rutherford ... Lady Maria Cosway
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Storyline

The story of the extraordinary, controversial thirty-eight-year relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slave mistress, Sally Hemings. The teenage Sally begins her unexpected relationship with widower Thomas Jefferson in Paris where he is serving as the U.S. Ambassador to France. After escorting Jefferson's younger daughter on a trans-Atlantic journey to join him in Paris, Sally is soon exposed to a world quite unlike the one in which she has lived as an illiterate slave in Monticello. While Sally serves as a nanny of sorts, Jefferson provides her with an education, fine clothes and opportunities to experience cultural events. She and her brother, James, who works as Jefferson's chef and was also educated by him, delight in the fact that they are free in France-and are treated with respect. It is under these circumstances that Sally and Jefferson become acquainted with one another and begin an affair that will ultimately lead to scandal. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Bound by Slavery. Freed by Love. See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

13 February 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monticello See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Early in the film, when Thomas Jefferson (Sam Neill) tells Sally Hemings (Carmen Ejogo) that she looks exactly like his deceased wife, this is a reference to Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson being the half sister of Sally Hemings, sharing the same father, John Wayles. Martha was Wayles' acknowledged daughter by his first wife, Martha Eppes, and Sally was Wayles' daughter by his slave concubine, Betty Hemings (portrayed by Diahann Carroll), with whom he had six slave children. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sally Hemings: I was born a slave, but destined to scandal.
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Crazy Credits

ON SCREEN: Sally Hemings tended Thomas Jefferson's grave until her death in 1835. See more »

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Well done SAM NEILL and Carmen Ejogo
28 February 2000 | by bkuchauSee all my reviews

Hello. I was very pleased with the series. I was interested in watching it because of SAM NEILL but soon found that the acting of SAM and Carmen was so well done that I actually found myself watching TJ and Sally finding each other, loving each other and was drawn in to their unique situation.

I believe that the series did a good thing in bringing this relationship into the public eye and I personally have found I have a great interest in learning more about TJ, Sally (who, unfortunately, there is not a lot available) and the whole horrible slave business.

There were places in the series where I was disappointed, simple things that were not realistic, but I was willing to overlook them because of the superb acting of SAM NEILL and Carmen.

I recommend this series.


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