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Their Eyes Were Watching God ()


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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... See more »

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  • Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 23 nominations.
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Cast

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Janie Starks
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Joe Starks
Mel Winkler ...
Logan Killicks
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Tea Cake
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Amos Hicks
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Pearl Stone
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Phoebe Watson
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Sam Watson
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Hezekiah
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Liege Moss
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Lula Moss
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Nanny
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Walter Stone
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Annie Tyler
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Motor Boat (as Artel Kayaru)
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Daisy Blunt
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Johnny Taylor
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Doctor Gordon
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Alva
Veryl Jones ...
Sop-de-Bottom
Lisa Lovelace Squires ...
Nunkie (as Lisa Lovelace)
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Rebecca
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Boss Man
Edward Knowles ...
Old Man at Dike
Todd Kevin Osceola ...
Seminole Indian
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Annie's Young Man (as Raymond Williams)
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Juke Joint Singer (as Ricky Fanté)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Wife of New Family
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Seminole Indian Scout
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Frank Tyler
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Farmer (uncredited)
Cyndi Crotts ...
Migrant Worker (uncredited)
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Friend of Motorboat (uncredited)
Walter Medina ...
Seminole Indian (uncredited)
Flavia Nanko ...
Raggedy Village Girl (uncredited)
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Farmer (uncredited)
Lisa Ruffin ...
Juke Joint Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Darnell Martin

Written by

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Zora Neale Hurston ... (novel)
 
Suzan-Lori Parks ... (teleplay) and
Misan Sagay ... (teleplay) and
Bobby Smith Jr. ... (teleplay)

Produced by

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Matthew Carlisle ... producer
Kate Forte ... executive producer
Susan Heyer ... associate producer
Quincy Jones ... executive producer
David Salzman ... co-executive producer
Oprah Winfrey ... executive producer

Music by

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Terence Blanchard

Cinematography by

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Checco Varese

Film Editing by

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Peter C. Frank

Editorial Department

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Ken Gales ... avid tech
Scott Klein ... final colorist
Michael Matsumoto ... post-production assistant
Florent Retz ... first assistant editor

Casting By

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Robi Reed ... (as Robi Reed-Humes)

Production Design by

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Ruth Ammon

Art Direction by

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Paul Sonski

Set Decoration by

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Kieran Brown ... decorator
Casey Hallenbeck

Costume Design by

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Eduardo Castro

Makeup Department

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Petrice Bankhead ... makeup artist: day player
Germicka Barclay ... hair stylist
Alan D'Angerio ... hair department head
Maggie Elliott ... key makeup artist
Michael Germain ... makeup department head
Norma Hill-Patton ... makeup artist: Ms Berry
Barbara Lorenz ... hair stylist: Ms. Berry
Timothy A. Miguel ... makeup artist
Tijen Osman ... hair stylist
Yesim 'Shimmy' Osman ... hair stylist
Jerry Popolis ... key hair stylist
Randa Squillacote ... hair stylist
Julia L. Walker ... hair stylist
Angie Wells ... third makeup artist
Victoria Wood ... wig maker

Production Management

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Matthew Carlisle ... unit production manager
Nancy Kirhoffer ... post-production supervisor
Eileen Malyszko Lee ... production supervisor (as Eileen Malyszko)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Rosemary C. Cremona ... assistant director
Stuart B. Hagen ... second assistant director
Van Hayden ... first assistant director
Wayne Witherspoon ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Will Blount ... property master
David Brack Burriss ... swing gang
Don Cinderella ... set dresser
David Corral ... greensman
Dameon Daniels ... swing gang
Jennifer Dawson ... assistant property master
Stephen P. Durante ... leadman
Stephen I. Erdberg ... buyer
Ruby Flores ... storyboard artist
Gabe Gerber ... art department assistant
Geno Ghiselli ... swing gang
Lisa Goldsmith ... buyer
Theresa Greene ... art department coordinator
Kenneth Heimer ... propmaker
Bill Holmquist ... construction coordinator
Peter Jameson ... construction mill foreman
Terry Kempf ... general foreman
Justin J. LaPresle ... gang boss
Canyon Martens ... greensman
Richard McConnell ... foreman
Kristie Moore ... painter decorator
Aaron Newton ... propmaker
Jeff Ozimek ... set designer
Chris Pechin ... storyboard artist
Joseph P. Recchia ... swing gang
Robert R. Richardson ... swing gang
Mark Sakamoto ... lead man
Hugo Santiago ... set designer
Alexx Thompson ... decorator/painter (as Alex Thompson)
Kevin E. Vermeersch ... props
Andrew Wert ... props
Cary Whittaker ... greensman
Dan Wilkerson ... on set dresser
Drew Pierce ... scenic painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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John Agalsoff Jr. ... sound
Kami Asgar ... supervising sound editor
Ken Beauchene ... boom operator
Michael J. Benavente ... supervising adr editor
William Freesh ... re-recording mixer
Vincent Guisetti ... foley artist
Takako Ishikawa ... sound effects editor
Pamela Kahn ... foley artist
Howard London ... adr mixer
Herwig Maurer ... sound effects editor
Kyle Rochlin ... foley mixer
Annie Shih ... sound department assistant
R. Russell Smith ... re-recording mixer
James M. Tanenbaum ... sound mixer
Tim Tuchrello ... sound effects editor
Samuel C. Crutcher ... sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Wayne Burnes ... special effects
Tommy Frazier ... special effects foreman
James Nagle ... special effects coordinator
Christopher A. Suarez ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Paul Gentry ... visual effects supervisor
Paul Hill ... visual effects compositor
Rick Kerrigan ... visual effects supervisor
Tony Magaletta ... first assistant cameraman: miniatures
Matt Scharf ... visual effects producer
Andrew Shuford ... unit production manager: Fantasy II Film Effects
Gene Warren III ... model supervisor
John Hirota ... visual effects compositor assistant (uncredited)

Stunts

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Daniel W. Barringer ... stunts
Lex D. Geddings ... stunt safety
Angela Meryl ... stunt double: Halle Berry
Webster Whinery ... stunt coordinator
John Zimmerman ... stunts and water safety

Camera and Electrical Department

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Brad Boyer ... key grip
William Buckingham III ... key grip
Rafael 'Rafa' Castro ... video assist operator
Kirk R. Gardner ... camera operator
Marvin Haven ... underwater grip
Chad Herr ... underwater grip
Karen Korn ... film loader
Terry Kramer ... electrician
John W. Kristopik ... rigging electric
James Laxton ... camera intern
John Malvino ... underwater first assistant camera
Brent D. Mason ... video assist operator: second unit
Eamon McGillicuddy ... dolly grip
Ignacio Musich ... first assistant camera
Louis Normandin ... grip: Florida unit
Nick Paige ... camera operator
Ethan Phillips ... gaffer
Paul Postal ... electrician
Timothy Roarke ... first assistant camera
Agnes Rodriguez ... assistant camera: "b" camera, Florida
Greg Schmitt ... grip
Larissa Supplitt ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
James 'Biff' Thomsen ... electrician
Renee Treyball ... second assistant camera
James Viera ... grip
Joe Waistell ... additional first assistant camera
Scott Watkins ... key rigging grip
Stefan Wilking ... assistant chief lighting technician

Casting Department

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Chad Darnell ... extras casting
Kim Ju ... extras casting
Kimberly Mullen ... casting: Florida
Mark Mullen ... casting: Florida

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Antonitta Barnes ... set costumer
Delia Hauser ... wardrobe production assistant
Barbara Marko ... key costumer
Austin Myers ... costume supervisor
Lisa D. Quercioli ... PR costumer
Emae Villalobos ... costumer
Janice Zeller Ryan ... costumer (as Janice Zeller)

Location Management

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Frawley Becker ... location manager
Rick Callan ... assistant location manager: Florida
Robert Paulsen ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Todd Bozung ... music editor
Howard Drossin ... orchestrator
Brad Haehnel ... music mixer
Neil Citron ... music preparation (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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John Agnew ... Ms. Berry's Driver / driver
Joseph Auger ... driver
George Bolton ... transportation captain
Linda Cipperley ... transportation
Wayne Flowers Jr. ... driver: honeywagon
Robert Jepson ... driver
Bill Lopez-Arjona ... transportation
Sean J. Moore ... transportation
Ron Parsell ... transportation captain
Abiff Salcedo ... talent driver
Mario Simon ... transportation coordinator
Bob 'Smitty' Smith ... driver
Doug Wilson ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Heath Banks ... production coordinator: Florida
Cristie Schoen Codd ... chef (as Cristie Schoen)
Valeria Migliassi Collins ... script supervisor
Justin Haut ... assistant production coordinator
Chad Herr ... dive master: underwater unit
Elizabeth Himelstein ... dialect coach
Jean Hodges ... food stylist
Dominique Jaramillo ... set medic
Barry Jenkins ... assistant to director
Jackie Lewis ... production secretary
Damien Lubiak ... production assistant
Kristi McConnell ... construction accountant
Brian McMillan ... dog supplier
Cheryl Miller ... production coordinator
Harley Pasternak ... personal trainer
Wendy Price ... production accountant
Fatima Robinson ... choreographer
Erica Schillinger ... assistant to producer
Charles Simons ... safety diver: underwater unit
Alison Treleaven ... assistant to executive producer
Craig Vegas ... production assistant
Jim Vidal ... assistant production coordinator
Gerald A. Vitatoe Jr. ... accounting assistant
Jennifer E. Welch ... production assistant
Alice Wymer ... FL Assistant Production Office Coordinator
Joyce Heftel ... script supervisor: pre-timing (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Die Liebe stirbt nie (Germany)
  • Sueños de libertad (Spain)
  • Aos Olhos de Deus (Brazil)
  • Mindörökké szerelem (Hungary)
  • Con gli occhi rivolti al cielo (Italy)
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  • 113 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Eatonville, Florida was the nation's first incorporated black township, but it was established in 1887, not 1906 as depicted in the movie. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2006). See more »
Quotes Tea Cake: Oh, Janie, you're the kind o' woman that'll make a man forget to grow old.
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