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Harriet

  • Arts and culture
  • Action
  • 2019
  • Kasi Lemmons
  • 125 mins
  • 12A

Summary

In 1849, Dorchester County, South Carolina, Araminta 'Minty' Ross and most of her family are slaves owned by Edward Brodess, who refuses to acknowledge their claim to freedom. After he dies, widow Eliza Brodess and venomous son Gideon assume control of the plantation and advertise troublemaker Minty for sale. In response, she escapes and goes on to become one of America's greatest heroes. Biopic, starring Cynthia Erivo, Zackary Momoh and Joe Alwyn

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Under the direction of Kasi Lemmons (Black Nativity), the remarkable tale of Harriet Tubman makes a long overdue appearance on the screen. Tubman is born into slavery as Araminta Ross, but when her owners plot to sell her on, she decides to run. There's huge emotion and tension in her 100-mile bid for freedom, but what's even more extraordinary is that Tubman (played by British actress Cynthia Erivo) keeps returning to Maryland to guide others to safety. ("You are so far beyond any man I have met," her friend Marie (Janelle Monáe) tells her admiringly.) It's unusual to see such a story filtered through a female perspective, while Tubman's dependence on what she believes to be visions from God is respectfully handled. Erivo is hypnotic playing a woman whose courage never fails her, transforming from cowed slave to confident activist. Indeed, her performance is more subtle than some of the directorial choices, but as a story of daring and defiance Harriet is both impassioned and inspiring.

Credits

Cast

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Araminta Ross, "Minty" / Harriet TubmanCynthia Erivo
MarieJanelle Monae
William StillLeslie Odom Jr
Gideon BrodessJoe Alwyn
Ben RossClarke Peters
Rit RossVanessa Bell Calloway
Thomas GarrettTim Guinee
Reverend GreenVondie Curtis-Hall
Frederick DouglassTory Kittles

Crew

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DirectorKasi Lemmons

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2019-11-22
Languages
English
Guidance
Some violence and swearing
Formats
Colour
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