An adaptation of the award-winning novel by Andrea Levy. Set during the final days of slavery in 19th century Jamaica, following the trials, tribulations and survival of July and her odious mistress Caroline on a sugar plantation.
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Tamara Lawrance ...  July 3 episodes, 2018
Hayley Atwell ...  Caroline 3 episodes, 2018
Ayesha Antoine ...  Molly 3 episodes, 2018
Doña Croll Doña Croll ...  Old July 3 episodes, 2018
Richard Pepple ...  Dublin Hilton 3 episodes, 2018
Jack Lowden ...  Robert / ... 3 episodes, 2018
Joy Richardson ...  Miss Rose 3 episodes, 2018
Ethan Hazzard ...  Elias 3 episodes, 2018
Madeleine Mantock ...  Miss Clara 3 episodes, 2018
Ansu Kabia ...  James Richards 2 episodes, 2018
Shereen Gray ...  Peggy Jump 2 episodes, 2018
Clarisse Albrecht ...  Mary Ellis 2 episodes, 2018
Leighton Hudson Leighton Hudson ...  Benjamin 2 episodes, 2018
Dorian Gallo Da Silva Dorian Gallo Da Silva ...  Driver Jackson 2 episodes, 2018
Caleb Frederick ...  Ezra 2 episodes, 2018
Andy Frestner ...  Samuel Lewis 2 episodes, 2018
Jo Martin ...  Hannah 2 episodes, 2018
Sharon Duncan-Brewster ...  Kitty 2 episodes, 2018
Luis Bryan Mesa Luis Bryan Mesa ...  Byron 2 episodes, 2018
Jordan Bolger ...  Nimrod 2 episodes, 2018
Esther Tejeda ...  Lilian 2 episodes, 2018
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Set during the final days of slavery in 19th century Jamaica, the story follows the strong-willed, young slave July on a plantation owned by her odious mistress Caroline Mortimer. When a charming new arrival to the island, Robert Goodwin, becomes the new overseer, July and Caroline are both intrigued by his seemingly revolutionary determination to improve the plantation for the slaves and mistress alike.

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If You Were Miss July, Know the Deck is Stacked Against You No Matter What
15 February 2021 | by blpkstSee all my reviews

A beautiful adaptation of life on a plantation In the lives of the inhabitants during and after slavery. For the slave, freedom means nothing even after being elevated to a "freed slave" they remained slaves.

I was drawn to the main character, July. She is clever in being able to manipulate her mistress because she recognizes weakness in her mistress. The white mistress dresses are so ridiculously ugly even July, as a mere slave can recognize her bad dress sense. I enjoyed the humor of that fact. July's cleverness does not give her the upper hand but it does give her hand. July knows her place in society will never be truly elevated. She sees how the world works, but when opportunity presents itself she grabs for it but does not step on others ruthlessly as some might. Still this is not a happy tale. The subject is slavery and the cruelty that comes with it. White people told themselves many lies regarding their cruel inhumane behavior to soothe their conscious. They are still doing that to this day. The owner of the plantation changes rules and causes extreme hardship for the "slaves own good." People can tell themselves many lies and believe them to stay on top.

Wonderful cast, beautifully filmed and a solid script. Tamara Lawrence, as July, is exceptional.


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31 January 2021 (USA) See more »

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Dominican Republic See more »

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