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The Journey of August King (1995)

PG-13 | | Drama | 26 January 1996 (USA)
The Journey of August King is a multi-dimensional drama about a North Carolina farmer in April 1815. August King, a widower, is on his way home as he does every year after selling his ... See full summary »

Director:

John Duigan

Writers:

John Ehle (novel), John Ehle
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Patric ... August King
Thandie Newton ... Annalees
Larry Drake ... Olaf Singletary
Sam Waterston ... Mooney Wright
Sarah-Jane Wylde Sarah-Jane Wylde ... Ida Wright
Eric Mabius ... Hal Wright
Muse Watson ... Zimmer
John Doman ... Bolton
Andy Stahl ... Harrison (as Andrew Stahl)
Danny Nelson Danny Nelson ... Felix
Collin Wilcox Paxton ... Mina
Dean Rader-Duval ... Gabriel (as Dean Rader Duvall)
Billy Ray Reynolds Billy Ray Reynolds ... Ben
Marlus Harding Marlus Harding ... Sims (as Marlus C. Harding)
Lisa Roberts Gillan ... Meg (as Lisa Roberts)
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Storyline

The Journey of August King is a multi-dimensional drama about a North Carolina farmer in April 1815. August King, a widower, is on his way home as he does every year after selling his produce and purchasing the stock and goods he will need for the coming year. On his journey, he comes upon a run-away slave, a 17 year old young woman and August King must decide to violate the law and help this slave to freedom or leave her to be hunted down and,ultimately, returned to her slave owner. But the drama turns into a question of whether either soul will gain freedom. Written by Joel Schesser <joelsd@aol.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of shocking violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Miramax

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor e Liberdade See more »

Filming Locations:

North Carolina, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,955, 12 November 1995

Gross USA:

$14,381

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,381
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Annalees (Thandie Newton) sees Sims hanging upside down, August calls her Thandie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Harry (Son): [running to injured dog] Gracie!
Ben: One of my bravest. Scars from 14 battles, if a one.
August King: I see 'em.
Ben: Father was a huntin' hound. Mother a German dog, Tan.
August King: Might live, you doctor it.
Ben: Eh, never get the courage back.
[reloading his rifle]
Ben: I know dogs.
August King: [feeds the dog some bread]
[...]
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Soundtracks

Pretty Bird
Written by Hazel Dickens
Performed by Hazel Dickens
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Courtesy of Rounder Records
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Not the best slavery movie, but not the worst
21 October 2017 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Jason Patric plays the title character in this period piece during pre-Civil War times. He's, well, journeying home from selling his home-grown goods, and comes across Thandie Newton, a runaway slave. After a brief internal conflict, he decides to help Thandie find her freedom. Together they go on both a physical and emotional journey throughout the course of the film.

While there are some very well-acted scenes, this is a pretty common plot line of movies that take place in the 1800s. The Journey of August King isn't the best anti-slavery movie out there, but it is far from the worst, so if you like the abundant emotions, moral lessons, and historical beauty of the time period, you'll definitely want to add this one to your list on an autumn afternoon. Somehow the southern landscapes always look even more beautiful during the fall season, don't they? Kiddy warning: Depending on how much your kids know about slavery, you might not want them to watch this one just yet.


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