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A House Divided (2000)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 30 July 2000
In the aftermath of the terrible Civil War which has devastated the South, Amanda America Dixon returns home to find she has become the sole heir to a vast cotton plantation. But the ... See full summary »

Director:

John Kent Harrison

Writers:

Kent Anderson Leslie (book), Paris Qualles (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Waterston ... David Dickson
Jennifer Beals ... Amanda Dickson
LisaGay Hamilton ... Julia
Tim Daly ... Charles Dubose
Shirley Douglas ... Elizabeth Dickson
Sean McCann ... Rutherford
Ron White ... Henry Dickson
Colin Fox Colin Fox ... Doctor Lovick
Adrian Hough ... Lt. Brooks
Alison Sealy-Smith Alison Sealy-Smith ... Ruth
Gerard Parkes ... Judge Stevens
Dara Perlmutter Dara Perlmutter ... Amanda (age 10)
Kayla Perlmutter Kayla Perlmutter ... Amanda (age 5)
Omar McIntosh Omar McIntosh ... Young Boy
Troy Seivwright-Adams Troy Seivwright-Adams ... Silvester
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In the aftermath of the terrible Civil War which has devastated the South, Amanda America Dixon returns home to find she has become the sole heir to a vast cotton plantation. But the dreadful secret which has blighted her life threatens to deprive her of the birthright which her beloved father David had struggled for so long to create. Raised by her father and grandmother to be the perfect white Southern Belle, Amanda's true mother was a black slave Julia. Confronted with the forces of greed and bigotry, Amanda has to face not only the hatred of a racist world, but the complex truth of a family whose lives have been built on a lie. Written by jbjb

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Rated R for violent material including a sexual assault, and for some language | See all certifications »
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The movie centers on a trial challenging the validity of a Georgia plantation owner's will leaving the land to the illegitimate daughter he fathered with his Black slave in the 1840s. The film shows this to be a jury trial. That caused alarms to go off in my head since jury trials generally are not permitted in probate cases in the US. I did a quick Google search. According to an article in the November 1986 Georgia State Bar Journal, page 96, jury trials were first allowed in Georgia probate court on July 1, 1986, about 100 years after this trial supposedly took place. See more »

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Powerful period piece of Georgia History.
2 February 2002 | by Nowhereman-2See all my reviews

I enjoyed this film which was on SHOWTIME recently. "Based upon true events" this film tells the story of one civil war era family that kept a potentially deadly secret from the person who most needed to know the secret. Fine performances by Sam Waterston (anything he does is worth watching), Jennifer Beals and the rest of the cast. Hard to believe that we're looking at Toronto, Ontario instead of the real-life location of South Georgia (just over from L.A.- Lower Alabama). Take the time to watch this interesting film which changed Georgia law.


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30 July 2000 (USA) See more »

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