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Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)

TV-14 | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 6 March 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.


Darnell Martin


Zora Neale Hurston (novel), Suzan-Lori Parks (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »




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)


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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Did You Know?


Zora Neale Hurston, author of the novel upon which this movie is based, grew up in Eatonville, Florida. See more »


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 »


[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 (2006) See more »

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I liked the movie!!
11 March 2005 | by geminicc76See all my reviews

Before I start I have to say that I did not read the book. I am now on the prowl to purchase the book so all I can say in response to the movie is I liked it!!! I thought that Halle did a good job with the character as the character was described to me. I do know that it is quite difficult to ever create a movie that compares to a book anytime. Thousand of people have tried and nearly all of them have failed. Having read the book before the movie automatically set the movie up for failure. Having seen the movie and heard about the book it is now making me want to read the book. So you cannot say that the movie failed that bad if myself and other people I know who saw the movie all want the book. It is also kind of harsh to say that the movie was that awful, it was a love story and that was what was portrayed. When I was done watching that movie I was in love with the characters, I did not see Halle's character as a sleep around or whatever you called her. She was set up with an old man and she left, I would have done the same thing acres of land or not. She was with her 2nd husband until the end even though she was unhappy. And then my man Michael Ealy came and that was it. Dark or light who cares, I sure did not!!! It is a movie and if you are not familiar with Hollywood looks matter, if Halle's character was supposed to have been unattractive she still would have been beautiful for the movie it is just the way it is! Also both actors did a phenomenal job and I did not know that Michael Ealy was actually that good of an actor and I think this role will help him. Now who know I may change my mind after reading the book but I doubt it for the simple fact that if it was not for this movie I would have probably never bought the book!!! You go Oprah this movie was great!!! Two thumbs up!

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Release Date:

6 March 2005 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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