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Harriet (2019)

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The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

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Kasi Lemmons

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Gregory Allen Howard (screenplay by), Kasi Lemmons (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cynthia Erivo Brings Harriet Tubman to Life

Cynthia Erivo discusses what went into her portrayal of Harriet Tubman. Joining her are Harriet director Kasi Lemmons and co-star Leslie Odom Jr.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cynthia Erivo ... Harriet / Minty
Leslie Odom Jr. ... William Still
Joe Alwyn ... Gideon Brodess
Clarke Peters ... Ben Ross
Vanessa Bell Calloway ... Rit Ross
Omar J. Dorsey ... Bigger Long
Henry Hunter Hall ... Walter
Tim Guinee ... Thomas Garrett
Nick Basta ... Foxx
Joseph Lee Anderson ... Robert Ross
Antonio J Bell ... Henry Ross
CJ McBath ... Junyah Ross
Alexis Louder ... Jane
Aria Brooks ... Anger (8)
Janelle Monáe ... Marie Buchanon
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Storyline

Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. Written by Focus Features

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Be free or die


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

PG-13 for thematic content throughout, violent material and language including racial epithets | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harriet See more »

Filming Locations:

Richmond, Virginia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,676,720, 3 November 2019

Gross USA:

$42,939,085

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,139,085
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos (in selected theatres)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Harriet Tubman really did experience visions as is depicted in the film. Many historians claim that this is likely due to a head injury she received in her youth. See more »

Goofs

The Canadian city Harriet Tubman fled to was called St. Catharines not St. Catharine as shown in the text scrawl. See more »

Quotes

Harriet: I'm gonna be free or die.
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Connections

References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Stand Up
Written by Cynthia Erivo and Joshuah Brian Campbell
Produced by Will Wells and Gabe Fox-Peck
Performed by Cynthia Erivo
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Oh my God. Why?
6 November 2019 | by daleflSee all my reviews

Look, nobody's questioning Harriet Tubman's contributions or her role in the history of the abolitionist movement. But, except for the names, this movie has about as much to do with actual history as Underdog does with rescuing war dogs. I have to wonder what would have happened to a black woman walking around in the slave holding south dressed like Hollywood's version of a pseudo Annie Oakley. The filmmakers had a golden opportunity here to get this right but chose to throw a bunch of candified, Hollywood cliches at it instead. That's not to say there weren't some emotional moments, but the real history and achievement of Harriet Tubman is emotional and soul stirring enough without burying it under 10 feet of Hollywood glitz in order to appeal to the superhero crowd. Boo. Hiss.


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