Two men separated by 100 years are united in their search for freedom. In 1856 a slave, Samuel Woodward and his family, escape from the Monroe Plantation near Richmond, Virginia. A secret ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Cousens

Writers:

Timothy A. Chey, Peter Cousens (story editor) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Samuel
Sharon Leal ... Vanessa
David Rasche ... Jefferson Monroe
Kimberly Nichole Kimberly Nichole ... Barnyard Slave 4
William Sadler ... Plimpton
Bernhard Forcher ... John Newton
Jubilant Sykes ... Ozias
Anna Sims Anna Sims ... Mary
Aaron Bantum ... Jim
Phyllis Bash Phyllis Bash ... Adira
Michael Goodwin ... Garrett
Ben Thompson ... Willie
Gregory Russell Cook Gregory Russell Cook ... Clem
Daniel Gerroll ... Herbert Barton
Terrence Mann ... Barney Fagan
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Storyline

Two men separated by 100 years are united in their search for freedom. In 1856 a slave, Samuel Woodward and his family, escape from the Monroe Plantation near Richmond, Virginia. A secret network of ordinary people known as the Underground Railroad guide the family on their journey north to Canada. They are relentlessly pursued by the notorious slave hunter Plimpton. Hunted like a dog and haunted by the unthinkable suffering he and his forbears have endured, Samuel is forced to decide between revenge or freedom. 100 years earlier in 1748, John Newton the Captain of a slave trader sails from Africa with a cargo of slaves, bound for America. On board is Samuel's great grandfather whose survival is tied to the fate of Captain Newton. The voyage changes Newton's life forever and he creates a legacy that will inspire Samuel and the lives of millions for generations to come. Written by Distributor

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Two men, 100 years apart, united by amazing grace.

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Drama | Music

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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

John Newton's fiancée sings It Is Well (With My Soul) which was written 100+'years later. See more »

Goofs

In the English Church, a man is seen wearing a hat. Never done in Christian churches: Women at the time were to have their head covered, while men removed their hats. See more »

Connections

Featured in Studio 10: Episode dated 22 August 2014 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Written by Wallis Willis (uncredited)
Performed by The St. Olaf Choir and Marvis Martin
Also performed by Phillip Boykin, Jeremy Pope, Roslyn Seale, Nesha Ward, Sumayya Ali, Geovonday Jones, Nikki Stephenson, Brandon Dennis and Billy Lowrimore
Conducted by James Lavino
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A Really Excellent Film
2 January 2020 | by megansmith-257-288551See all my reviews

I had to see this film after seeing 'The Islands'. I loved the secondary characters, Cuba and Sharon. They were genuine and passionate and marvelous. Cuba and William Sadler were wonderful together.

The music and the cinematography are what really make this film stand out...at least for me. I realize this is a minority view, but there it is.

Kudos!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Freedom See more »

Filming Locations:

Connecticut, USA

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Budget:

$14,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$842,740
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