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Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)

A drama set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford's search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the morals of her small town. Based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston.

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Darnell Martin

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Zora Neale Hurston (novel), Suzan-Lori Parks (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Halle Berry ... Janie Starks
Ruben Santiago-Hudson ... Joe Starks
Mel Winkler Mel Winkler ... Logan Killicks
Michael Ealy ... Tea Cake
Terrence Howard ... Amos Hicks
Lorraine Toussaint ... Pearl Stone
Nicki Micheaux ... Phoebe Watson
Gabriel Casseus ... Sam Watson
Sean Nelson ... Hezekiah
Kevin Daniels ... Liege Moss
Maura Gale ... Lula Moss
Ruby Dee ... Nanny
Henry Brown ... Walter Stone
Rhonda Stubbins White ... Annie Tyler
Artel Great ... Motor Boat (as Artel Kayaru)
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Storyline

Sassy Janie Starks looks unlike to get anywhere in pre-Great War Easton, Florida, but lands the best colored catch, lively shopkeeper Joe Starks, who even becomes town mayor. However her refusal to oblige his expectations of decency turn love into bitterness. After his death, she prefers to enjoy 'freedom' again, with cocky outsider 'Tea Cake' as playmate, and not just at chess. They even face the risks of seasonal labor. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Their Eyes Were Watching God See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Eatonville is located in Central Florida. See more »

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Eatonville is located in Central Florida, where the average elevation is close to sea level. The hills in the background in wide shots clearly betray the California shooting locations. See more »

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[first lines]
Janie Starks: There's two things everybody got to find out for theyselves: they got to find out about love, and they got to find out about living. Now, love is like the sea. It's a moving thing. And it's different on every shore. And living... well, I just come back from burying the dead.
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Featured in The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2006) See more »

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Screeplay missed some important key features of the book...
19 March 2005 | by cfjwpSee all my reviews

If one has not read the book _Their Eyes Were Watching God_, then the movie was probably wonderful. Unfortunately, for those who have read the book, it is obvious that the screenplay writer missed some important aspects of the book-- or for some reason chose to omit them. The plot in the movie revolves around Janie and her love affairs, however, what is most important to Janie, in the book, is feeling loved and accepted not only by a man, but her community.

Janie is a "light-skinned" African American and is treated different because of it. The book addresses a caste system that was prominent at the time that Hurston wrote the book. This important aspect of the story was not addressed in the movie. This is just one of many "aspects" that was not addressed.

On the up side, the casting is superb. Halle Berry is perfect for the part of Janie. She is beautiful and strong while being sensitive and vulnerable. Michael Ealy is a wonderful Tea Cake. What chemistry!

All in all the movie is-- OK. Hopefully, it will entice the viewers to read Zora Neale Hurston's fabulous book.


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