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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

Writers:

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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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

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Eatonville is located in Central Florida. See more »

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Janie shoots the same tin can twice. 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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Completely outrageous. What was Oprah thinking?
7 March 2005 | by Storm23SSee all my reviews

This movie was terrible! I just finished reading the book and I was really looking forward to seeing the movie, needless to say I was very disappointed! So much of the book was left out. Excuse me, but where was Mrs. Turner?! In the book she is described as being extremely ignorant and I did find her annoying, but her character should have been included in the movie! 2nd of all, what happened to Janie's trial? did Oprah just happen to forget about that? Also, in the book Janie is married to Tea Cake for 20+ years, but the movie made it seem like she was married to him for 10 minutes! The movie was extremely boring and I kept saying to myself "maybe it will get better" but it never did. Halle Berry was the wrong person for the role, I know some people on this board think Lynn from "Girlfriends" would have been best and maybe she would have, but I think Jada Pinkett would have been the perfect choice. Jada is a very underrated, but excellent actress (much better than Halle in my opinion). Many times during the movie, I felt like I was watching soft porn. The part where Halle and Michael Ealy put their tongues together? ugh! was that necessary? I was so disgusted at that point, I turned the channel. I want to remake the movie!!!!!!!! If I remade it the actors/actresses I would cast would be as follows:

Janie-Jada Pinkett Logan-same man who was in Oprah's version. Jody Starks-Danny Glover Tea Cake-The star of "Antwone Fisher" sorry, cant remember his name. Phoeby-Maybe Gabrielle Union, the woman in Oprah's version had no charisma.

This is the worst adaptation of a book ever and I am so disgusted with this movie that I am going to try to remake it myself! If anyone does it before me, I will be just as happy, as long as its better than this junk. But this time Ithey should make it into a mini series and it should be on HBO!


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