"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.

Here are "Harriet" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date, streaming services and everything we know so far.


Is there a trailer for Harriet movie?

Focus Features on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 released the trailer for "Harriet" you can watch here:
HARRIET | Official Trailer | Now Playing.

Plot summary

What is Harriet movie plot?

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.


Who plays who in the Harriet movie cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of "Harriet" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.

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

Release date

When is Harriet movie release date?

"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.


What are Harriet filming details?

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.


What are critics and audiences saying about Harriet movie?

"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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