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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 31 January 1974
Story of a black woman in the South who was born into slavery in the 1850s and lives to become a part of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

Director:

John Korty

Writers:

Tracy Keenan Wynn (screenplay), Ernest J. Gaines (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cicely Tyson ... Jane Pittman
Eric Brown ... Jimmy Age 7
Richard Dysart ... Master Bryant (as Richard A. Dysart)
Joel Fluellen Joel Fluellen ... Unc Isom
Will Hare ... Elbert Cluveau
Katherine Helmond ... Lady at House
David Hooks David Hooks ... Colonel Dye
Elinora B. Johnson Elinora B. Johnson ... Mary
Warren Kenner Warren Kenner ... Job
Dudley Knight ... Trooper Brown
Derrick Mills Derrick Mills ... Little Ned at age 5
Michael Murphy ... Quentin Lerner
Valerie Odell Valerie Odell ... Ticey (as Valeria Odell)
Odetta Odetta ... Big Laura
Rod Perry ... Joe Pittman
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Storyline

Beginning during the racial turmoil of 1960s Louisiana, 110-year-old ex-slave Jane Pittman grants an interview to a persistent journalist and relates the remarkable story of her life. Orphaned early, she toils on a plantation until a chance meeting with a white Union soldier named Brown changes her outlook. Jane's emancipation marks only the beginning of an arduous and heartbreaking odyssey, framed by the horrors of slavery and the justice of the civil rights movement. Written by Jwelch5742

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Tomorrow Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

During the wide shot of the plantation scene, you can see a station wagon driving in the back. See more »

Quotes

Ned Age 42: I want my children to be black and proud of it.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Leech Woman (1997) See more »

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What a great lesson......
16 September 2005 | by lenzo4nmSee all my reviews

Cicely Tyson has always been talented, but when I saw this movie, I had a renewed respect for her talent. Filmed during the early 70s, she was made to look like a 110 year old woman and really made it believable. This is a story of a girl, born a slave than freed and her adult life in the south during reconstruction. The end of the movie left me feeling like I was right there with her in her rocking chair on the porch or sitting under the great old oak tree. If you have the slightest interest in the history of the struggle for freedom from slavery and segregation, watch this film. My hat goes off to Mrs. Tyson for bringing this story to life, thank you for giving this story heart :)


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