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Go Tell It on the Mountain (1984)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1984 (USA)
This film adaptation of James Baldwin's celebrated novel tells the journey of a family from the rural South to "big city" Harlem seeking both salvation and understanding and of a young boy ... See full summary »

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Stan Lathan

Writer:

James Baldwin (adapted from the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Winfield ... Gabriel Grimes
James Bond III ... John
Olivia Cole ... Elizabeth
Rodrick F. Wimberly Rodrick F. Wimberly ... Roy (as Rodrick Wimberly)
Rosalind Cash ... Aunt Florence
Rose Weaver ... Mother Washington
Desiree Coleman Desiree Coleman ... Ella Mae
Giancarlo Esposito ... Elisha
Linda Hopkins ... Sister McCandless
Douglas Turner Ward Douglas Turner Ward ... Rev. James
Ruby Dee ... Mrs. Grimes
Ving Rhames ... Young Gabriel
Joy A. Aaron Joy A. Aaron ... Young Florence (as Joy Aaron)
CCH Pounder ... Deborah
Alfre Woodard ... Esther
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This film adaptation of James Baldwin's celebrated novel tells the journey of a family from the rural South to "big city" Harlem seeking both salvation and understanding and of a young boy struggling to earn the approval of a self-righteous and often unloving stepfather. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gå och förkunna det på bergen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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This is a great and overlooked movie
17 May 2017 | by davidvantaylorSee all my reviews

Not only is it a terrific and creative adaptation of Baldwin's great book. It is just a very very moving film.

One review says you need to be a Christian to appreciate the movie. I'm not a Christian and I appreciate it greatly. It speaks to fundamental aspects of being human: parent-child relationships, the burden of the past on the present, the struggle to find our selves amid all the many demands placed on us by others. And yes, the place of spirituality and transcendence in all that.

It's also a crazy "who's who" of contemporary African-American actors well before they became household faces and names.

*Watch this movie.* You'll be glad you did.


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