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The Courage to Love (2000)

In 19th century New Orleans creole Henriette must choose between love and devotion to the church. Neither choice is going to be easy, as there is great opposition to her ideas of breaking traditions.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa Williams ... Mother Henriette Delille
Gil Bellows ... Dr. Gerard Gaultier
Karen Williams Karen Williams ... Julie Gaudin
Lisa Bronwyn Moore Lisa Bronwyn Moore ... Marie Alicot
David La Haye ... Father Rousselon
Cynda Williams ... Cecelia Delille
Diahann Carroll ... Pouponne
Stacy Keach ... Jean-Baptiste Delille
Eddie Bo Smith Jr. Eddie Bo Smith Jr. ... Jacques
Graeme Somerville Graeme Somerville ... Paul Cartier
Kevin Jubinville ... Frank Morgan
Susannah Hoffmann Susannah Hoffmann ... Anne Morgan
Jean-Louis Roux ... Bishop Blanc
Lise Roy ... Mother Superior
Raven Dauda ... Betsie
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In 19th century New Orleans a new class of colored people has arisen. They are creoles, a result of relations between African-Americans and wealthy European people. Children are born, there is love, but marriage is out of the question. Colored people are still not considered equal. Henriette Delille is a very religious creole. The time she has she spends on educating, care and helping out in church. On the day her father Jean-Baptiste leaves her mother Pouponne to marry a white woman, Henriette is supposed to meet her arranged future 'caretaker' Paul Cartier. But she refuses him, defying every tradition and so bringing her mother to madness. She becomes friends with the French doctor Gerard Gaultier. He is in love with her and wants her to move to France, so they can be legally married. Henriette is torn apart by her feelings for Gerard and her devotion to the church. She must choose, but neither choice is going to be an easy one as there are people who greatly disapprove of ... Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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In a world of tradition, they dared to break the rules.

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quadroon Ball See more »

Filming Locations:

Québec, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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31 January 2012 | by heasonSee all my reviews

Came across this movie a few years back while looking for stories to watch during black history month. I have been wondering how I had missed it because there are a few other actors I recognize. I am not a follower of or hater of Vanessa Williams but this role was a great one for her. I know she is versatile with singing, theater, television and movies but I had yet to see her in something I liked. This is a great depiction of the period and choices of that time. I've always wanted to visit New Orleans and have seen various movies about its history. Ms. Williams did the role justice. I'm just sorry so many other people haven't seen it.


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