A Lesson Before Dying Movie Review 1999

Information and Film Reviews for A Lesson Before Dying the Movie

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Cheadle's impressive as idealistic teacher Grant Wiggins, who has a one-room school for black children in 1948 Louisiana. He's reluctantly pressed into service by his formidable Aunt Lou (Tyson) and her friend Miss Emma (Hall), who want him to bring some dignity to the life of Jefferson (Phifer). This is no easy task since the young man is awaiting execution for a crime he didn't commit. Based on the 1993 novel by Ernest J. Gaines.

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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 100 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Men in Prison, Dedicated Teachers, African America, American South, Death Row, Period Piece: 1940s
Screenplay
Ann Peacock
Cast
Don Cheadle, Cicely Tyson, Mekhi Phifer, Irma P. Hall, Brent Jennings, Lisa Arrindell Anderson, Frank Hoyt Taylor
Cinematography
Donald M. Morgan
Director
Joseph Sargent
Music
Ernest Troost
Producer
HBO NYC Productions

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