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Uncle Tom's Cabin (1987)

The life of an aging black slave, Tom, and the people with whom he interacts.

Director:

Stan Lathan

Writers:

Harriet Beecher Stowe (novel), John Gay (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Avery Brooks ... Uncle Tom
Kate Burton ... Ophelia
Bruce Dern ... Augustine St. Claire
Paula Kelly ... Cassy
Phylicia Rashad ... Eliza
Kathryn Walker
Edward Woodward ... Simon Legree
George Coe ... Mr. Shelby
Frank Converse ... Trader
Albert Hall
Jenny Lewis ... Evangeline 'Little Eva' St. Claire
Troy Byer ... Emmeline (as Troy Beyer)
Shirley Jo Finney ... Aunt Chloe
Samuel L. Jackson ... George (as Samuel Jackson)
Endyia Kinney Endyia Kinney ... Topsy
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The life of an aging black slave, Tom, and the people with whom he interacts.

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The road to Freedom is Long and Costly

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Uncle Tom's Cabin See more »

Filming Locations:

Natchez, Mississippi, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Dern appeared together again in Django Unchained (2012) and The Hateful Eight (2015). Jackson also appeared in Jurassic Park (1993) with Laura Dern. See more »

Quotes

Uncle Tom: [after Simon threatened him] If you take my blood, that is nothing. No. You can hurt me no more!
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Connections

Version of Uncle Tom's Cabin (1914) See more »

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A gripping story of history and freedom.
9 August 2014 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

I remembered watching this movie in a high school English class and thought it was kind of inspirational and gripping, a story about black slave Tom and the people he encounters and his struggles for freedom.

Slavery is one of the darkest chapters in American history, but this movie delicately captures the drama in one slave's life and how he strives to interact kindly and courageously with others despite his situation. It doesn't rely on overly violent and graphic scenes like many mainstream movies with slavery or war themes (12 Years A Slave coming to mind) to be entertaining. Instead, this movie relied on the drama, history, character development and the depiction of how precious freedom is to be captivating.

I thought the acting wasn't bad and there were a few scenes that might give you a chuckle, like the scene where a slave owner gets punched and shoved into a puddle. There are some disturbing scenes as well, but not overly excessive. Lastly, the plot flow had some momentum to it, which made the film engaging mostly throughout.

It was an educational and appreciated film and one I recalled where my high school class did enjoy sitting through.

Grade B


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