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Freedom (2014)

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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 »

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Peter Cousens

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Timothy A. Chey, John Senczuk (story editor)

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Cast

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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adira See more »

Filming Locations:

Connecticut, USA

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$14,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Sharon Leal portrayed husband and wife 6 years previously in Linewatch (2008). 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 »

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

Soundtracks

If I Got My Ticket Lord
Performed by Jeremy Pope, Roslyn Seale, Nesha Ward, Sumayya Ali, Geovonday Jones, Nikki Stephenson, Brandon Dennis and Dennis Lowrimore
Arranged and conducted by James Lavino
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I liked the movie, it was OK.
10 June 2015 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

A family of runaway slaves head for Canada on the Underground Railroad, along the way, the eldest tells the story of how the family came to America and how they first found faith.

It feels like a passion project for Cuba Gooding Jr. who produced the project as well as acted in it. It was worth it.

The movie does not hold back on what a dark time slavery was, which made it all more inspiring watching this family escape from it. Along the way, meeting such famous figures as Fredrick Douglas.

I'm not to big on religion, so the whole Christian thing did not appeal to me at all. Cuba plays a man who gave up on God (which I feel is understandable for a slave) While the rest of his family believes that God is guiding them to freedom.

I also was disinterested in the sub story of a the ship captain that reluctantly brought slaves into the States.

The whole thing at times acted like a bad Broadway musical which was unattractive.

Overall, it's hard to find a movie about slavery enjoyable, but I did. It was a very realistic look at the subject and worth taking a look at.


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