"Harriet" is a 2019 American biographical film directed by Kasi Lemmons.
The starring cast includes Cynthia Erivo as Harriet, Leslie Odom Jr. as William Still, Joe Alwyn as Gideon Brodess, Janelle Monáe as Marie Buchanon, Clarke Peters as Ben Ross, Vanessa Bell Calloway as Rit Ross, Vondie Curtis-Hall as Reverend Samuel Green, Jennifer Nettles as Eliza Brodess, Tim Guinee as Thomas Garrett, Zackary Momoh as John Tubman and others.
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Focus Features on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 released the trailer for "Harriet" you can watch here:
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Here is a short review of "Harriet" movie plot summary.
The film opens in 1840s Maryland, a slave state, Araminta "Minty" Ross 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. Reverend Green finishes his sermon advising obedience to follow the Lord's will.
Her father, also a freedman, approaches Mr. Brodess with evidence that Brodess' ancestor had agreed to free Minty's mother, Harriet "Rit" Ross (Cynthia Erivo), 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 describes 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. She decrees these scenes as visions from God and decides to run right before she's to be taken to auction.
John offers to run with Minty, but she leaves him behind, fearing that he would lose his own freedom if caught escaping with her. She meets with her father on the way out, who tells her to go to Rev. Green for help with her journey. She worries, since he always says to be obedient to their masters, but goes anyway due to her father's encouragement. When she meets with the Reverend he tells her what she must do to make it to freedom.
Here is the full cast and characters of "Harriet" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.
"Harriet" movie release date was scheduled to be on September 10, 2019 (TIFF), on November 1, 2019 (United States), on November 22, 2019 (United Kingdom) and on July 9, 2020 (Germany) distributing by Focus Features, Parco Co. Ltd., United International Pictures (UIP), Universal Pictures International (UPI), HBO Max and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
The duration of the film is 125 minutes. With a budget of $17 million, the film grossed over $43.3 million.
"Harriet" movie is rated "PG-13", according to the MPAA film rating system.
"Harriet" movie got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 6.6/10. 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.
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