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A House Divided (2000)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 30 July 2000
In the aftermath of the terrible Civil War which has devastated the South, Amanda America Dixon returns home to find she has become the sole heir to a vast cotton plantation. But the ... See full summary »

Director:

John Kent Harrison

Writers:

Kent Anderson Leslie (book), Paris Qualles (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Waterston ... David Dickson
Jennifer Beals ... Amanda Dickson
LisaGay Hamilton ... Julia
Tim Daly ... Charles Dubose
Shirley Douglas ... Elizabeth Dickson
Sean McCann ... Rutherford
Ron White ... Henry Dickson
Colin Fox Colin Fox ... Doctor Lovick
Adrian Hough ... Lt. Brooks
Alison Sealy-Smith Alison Sealy-Smith ... Ruth
Gerard Parkes ... Judge Stevens
Dara Perlmutter Dara Perlmutter ... Amanda (age 10)
Kayla Perlmutter Kayla Perlmutter ... Amanda (age 5)
Omar McIntosh Omar McIntosh ... Young Boy
Troy Seivwright-Adams Troy Seivwright-Adams ... Silvester
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Storyline

In the aftermath of the terrible Civil War which has devastated the South, Amanda America Dixon returns home to find she has become the sole heir to a vast cotton plantation. But the dreadful secret which has blighted her life threatens to deprive her of the birthright which her beloved father David had struggled for so long to create. Raised by her father and grandmother to be the perfect white Southern Belle, Amanda's true mother was a black slave Julia. Confronted with the forces of greed and bigotry, Amanda has to face not only the hatred of a racist world, but the complex truth of a family whose lives have been built on a lie. Written by jbjb

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent material including a sexual assault, and for some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amanda America See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada See more »

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Color
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Goofs

The movie centers on a trial challenging the validity of a Georgia plantation owner's will leaving the land to the illegitimate daughter he fathered with his Black slave in the 1840s. The film shows this to be a jury trial. That caused alarms to go off in my head since jury trials generally are not permitted in probate cases in the US. I did a quick Google search. According to an article in the November 1986 Georgia State Bar Journal, page 96, jury trials were first allowed in Georgia probate court on July 1, 1986, about 100 years after this trial supposedly took place. See more »

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References Pinky (1949) See more »

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Better than expected
24 March 2005 | by steve_switzerSee all my reviews

I hesitated when renting this as it looked like a sappy made-for-TV movie. It turned out to be well acted and there were no outright heroes or villains. The flashbacks to 30 or 40 years were well done: the people looked and acted younger, and as time went on their characters developed (as do real people.)

In particular I enjoyed the relationship between David and Julia. The only drawback was Amanda's "hurt person" acting -- she didn't really seem to be hurting, just kinda vacant.

I was also amazed that this was a Canadian movie. Maybe that's what made it work. Looking back on it now, I see how it was very non-Hollywood.


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