Harriet is a 2019 American biographical film directed by Kasi Lemmons.
Starring Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Janelle Monáe, Clarke Peters, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Jennifer Nettles, Tim Guinee, Zackary Momoh and others.

Watch the official trailer for Harriet

Focus Features on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 released the trailer:
HARRIET | Official Trailer | Now Playing.

What is Harriet about?

The film opens in 1840s Maryland, a slave state, Araminta "Minty" Ross (Cynthia Erivo) is newly married to a freedman, John Tubman (Zackary Momoh). Minty is still a slave herself on the Brodess farm, along with her mother and sister, while two other sisters had been sold to another slave owner in the South. Her father, also a freedman, approaches Mr. Brodess with evidence that Brodess' ancestor had agreed to free Minty's mother, Harriet "Rit" Ross, when she was 45, and that she and her children legally should have been free since Rit turned 45 twelve years before. Mr. Brodess insists they will always be slaves, and tears up the letter from the lawyer who had analyzed the will. In despair, Minty prays for God to take away Mr. Brodess, whom she decries as evil. Brodess's adult son Gideon (Joe Alwyn) finds Minty praying, and castigates her, saying God does not care about the prayers of slaves. Mr. Brodess dies shortly afterward, and Gideon offers Minty for sale. Minty, who suffers "spells" since being struck in the head as a girl, has a vision of herself escaping to freedom, and she decides to run.
John offers to run with Minty, but she leaves him behind, fearing that he would lose his own freedom if caught escaping with her. Gideon pursues her to a bridge over a river, where he promises not to sell her, but she jumps anyway, saying she will live free or die. Minty is presumed drowned but successfully makes it to Philadelphia via the Underground Railroad, assisted by Quakers and other abolitionists. In Philadelphia, she meets Marie Buchanon (Janelle Monáe), the fashionable daughter of a freed slave who was born free and is now a boarding-house proprietor, and William Still (Leslie Odom Jr.), an abolitionist and writer. William encourages her to take a new free name, and she calls herself Harriet after her mother. After a few months in Philadelphia, against the advice of Marie and William, Harriet decides to go back for John. She successfully makes it to John's homestead only to find he has remarried, believing she was dead, and is expecting a baby with his new wife.

Who's in the Harriet cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of Harriet.

Cynthia Erivo Araminta "Minty" Ross / Harriet Tubman
Leslie Odom Jr. William Still a Philadelphia abolitionist
Joe Alwyn Gideon Brodess Harriet's former owner
Janelle Monáe Marie Buchanon the owner of a boarding house in Philadelphia
Clarke Peters Ben Ross Harriet's father
Vanessa Bell Calloway Rit Ross Harriet's mother
Vondie Curtis-Hall Reverend Samuel Green a secretly-abolitionist freedman
Jennifer Nettles Eliza Brodess Gideon's mother
Tim Guinee abolitionist Thomas Garrett
Zackary Momoh John Tubman a freedman who's Harriet's first husband
Henry Hunter Hall Walter a black slave-tracker
Nick Basta Foxx the Brodess Farm's rancher
Rakeem Laws Jasper Marley the captain of the ship that helps the Underground Railroad
Tory Kittles abolitionist Frederick Douglass
William L. Thomas abolitionist U.S. Senator Seward
Omar J. Dorsey Bigger Long
Joseph Lee Anderson Robert Ross
Antonio J Bell Henry Ross (as Antonio J. Bell)
CJ McBath Junyah Ross
Alexis Louder Jane
Aria Brooks Anger (8)
Frank Riley III Joe
Daphne Reid Miz Lucy (as Daphne Maxwell Reid)
Jenna Marie Hess Phoebe
Kathryn Tkel Tilly
Deborah Ayorinde Rachel Ross (as Deborah Olayinka Ayorinde)
Mike Marunde Edward Brodess (as Michael Marunde)
Kamillah Matthews Soph
Tia L. Davis Linah (as Tia Davis)
Mitchell Hoog Vince (16)
Liam Searcy Victor (16) (as Liam Boone Searcy)
Keith Tyree Sidney Howard Gay (as Keith Lester Tyree)
Thomas Keegan Sherriff Ned Utley
Jaben Early John Clay
Don Hartman Gus Vern
Pete Burris Lawman
Damian Allen Planter
David Dickson Reynolds White Minister
William Flaman A.C. Thompson
James W. Hester Farmer (as James Hester)
Laureen E. Smith Martha Coffin Wright
Brian K. Landis Marshal
Morgan Mccoy Jesse
Bostin Christopher Local Statesman
Coby Noel Batty Foot Patrol Man
Nigel Reed John Brown
Eli El Man on Dock
Carlos Thompson Unseen Man
Michael Tourek Slave Owner
Philip Anastasi Guard
Seth Lee Moore Victor (12) (as Seth Moore)
Helen Goldsby Hany
Kendrix Lamaz Brown Mack
LondonRose Sellars Anger (4) (as London Rose Sellars)
Antonio Perez Kemp George Wilmer
Claire Bronson Rachel Garrett
Willie Raysor Abraham (as Willie Raysor III)
Joshua T. Shipman Philly Vendor
Eleanor Buchanan Duffey Becky (14)

When is Harriet released in cinemas?

The film Harriet was scheduled to be released on September 10, 2019 (TIFF), on November 1, 2019 (United States), on November 22, 2019 (United Kingdom) and on July 9, 2020 (Germany) by Focus Features, Parco Co. Ltd., United International Pictures (UIP), Universal Pictures International (UPI), HBO Max and Universal Pictures Spain.

What are Harriet film specifications?

The duration of the film is 125 minutes. With a budget of $17 million, the film grossed over $43.3 million.

The film Harriet is rated with "PG-13" rating.

What are critics and audiences saying about Harriet?

Harriet got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 6.5/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 73/100. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A+" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

More information about Harriet you can get at:

Official website: focusfeatures.com/harriet

IMDB: Harriet

Wikipedia: Harriet (film)

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