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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.

Director:

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:

Aos Olhos de Deus See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

Quotes

[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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happy with movie, not with hosting channel
10 March 2005 | by MelrosemissSee all my reviews

While I would never classify this in a category with Roots, I think it was an excellent movie, made bad by the fact that for every 7 minutes of movie, there were 7 minutes of boring and dull commercials which were extremely irritating. I am a middle aged white female and must say that I do think this movie would be of more interest to the female population but as a love story, I think it was wonderful. If this came out on DVD or were televised on cable without commercials, I would gladly watch it again. Sometimes we have to believe in something and it might as well be love. I think Oprah did a wonderful job with this one but it could have been made better on another channel. True and sustaining love is the underlying theme, bad marriages compared to true and lasting relationships and if this is a subject that does not appeal to you, then it is not a movie for you, but if you believe, as I do, that we each have a soul mate out there somewhere, then you will like this too.


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