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.
Focus Features on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 released the trailer:
HARRIET | Official Trailer | Now Playing.
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.
Here is the full cast and characters of Harriet.
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.
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.
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
Wikipedia: Harriet (film)