The Journey of August King Movie Review 1995

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Adapted by Ehle from his own 1971 novel, set in 1815, about a runaway slave (Newton) protected by a lonely farmer against the landowner and posse tracking her down. August King (Patric), a widower on his way home from town, comes upon Annalees (Newton), prize possession of powerful slaveowner Olaf Singletary (Drake). August, a highly principled man, resists helping her at first, for fear of breaking the law and losing his farm and only remaining possessions. But he rises to higher moral ground, deciding to help her find freedom, whatever the consequences. Director Duigan ("Sirens") crafts a thoughtful, but not particularly suspenseful, period piece of early American history. Patric/Newton relationship reflects the gradual feel of the film. Drake booms as slaveowner. Includes brief brutal scene of slave torture.

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Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521-1120, Toll-free: 800-723-4763, URL: http://www.bvhe.com

Available on VHS
Running time 91 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Period Piece: 19th Century, American South, Slavery
Screenplay
John Ehle
Cast
Jason Patric, Thandie Newton, Larry Drake, Sam Waterston
Cinematography
Slawomir Idziak
Director
John Duigan
Music
Stephen Endelman
Producer
Nick Wechsler, Keith Addis, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Richard N. Gladstein, Miramax

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