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Shadrach (1998)

PG-13 | | Drama | 23 September 1998 (USA)
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In 1935, ninety-nine-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, ... See full summary »

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Susanna Styron

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William Styron (short story), Susanna Styron (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Sheen ... Narrator (voice)
John Franklin Sawyer ... Shadrach
Scott Terra ... Paul
Ginnie Randall Ginnie Randall ... Virginia
Darrell Larson ... Father
Deborah Hedwall ... Mother
Jonathan Parks Jordan ... Middle Mole
Erin Underwood ... Lucinda
Alice Rogers Alice Rogers ... Cloris
Monica Hewes ... Edmonia (as Monica Bugajski)
Daniel Treat Daniel Treat ... Little Mole
Andie MacDowell ... Trixie
Michael Ruff ... Smut
Muse Watson ... Captain
Doug Chancey Doug Chancey ... Dock Worker
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Storyline

In 1935, ninety-nine-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, Trixie, and their seven children, and to bury a black man on that land is a violation of strict Virginia law.

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One man's journey changed another man's heart

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il Profumo di un Giorno d'estate See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,669, 27 September 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,167, 27 September 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Harvey Keitel and Martin Sheen learned their accents for this film from James L.W. West, while Andie MacDowell, who is a native Southerner, developed her own accent. Keitel spent most of a day talking with West and taping his speech. Sheen later listened to these tapes. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in 1935. When Paul walks into the house past his father and up the stairs (at the beginning of the film), a smoke detector is visible on the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs. See more »

Quotes

[Paul has learned curse words from the Dabneys and is yelling them into the closet.]
Paul: Son of a bitch, whorehouse, Jesus Christ, pisspot, asshole!
Mrs. Whitehurst: Come on, Paul, it's time to go to church!
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The Fire Brigade
By William Axt
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Tries hard, but it is really just The Waltons with swearing...
29 April 2003 | by The_LimeySee all my reviews

OK it looks nice, and in Keitel and MacDowell it has two solid actors as leads. In the end though it is a rather tired, and illogical, attempt at spinning a southern yarn, set in the depression, about a large brood, and an old black man who returns to the family of his former owners to die.

The idea is fine, but the execution is lazy. Keitel is supposed to be a 'diamond in the rough', the kind of character who appears gruff and uncouth, but who at heart cares about people. This is portrayed by having him say 'god damn' and 'sh*t' in every single sentence. MacDowell is supposed to be an overworked, harrased mother of many. This is portrayed by having her drink beer in every single scene, and say 'suge' in every single sentence.

This leads to an awful lot of this...

Husband: God Damn, sh*t, I ain't got time to be burying some old black man.

Wife: Calm down suge, have a beer.

It tries, it really does, and i is certainly not a bad movie, but it has very little to offer beyond a simple story, decent actors, and some wonderful locations.


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