A Lesson Before Dying

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Ellen M. Krass Productions, HBO NYC Productions, Spanky Pictures Released 1999

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A Lesson Before Dying

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Director:
Joseph Sargent
Released:
1999
Rating:
PG-13

A Lesson Before Dying is the film adaption of Ernest J. Gaines' award winning novel about the continuing struggle of human civilization for dignity and equality. African-American schoolteacher Grant (Don Cheadle) is a rarity in the pre-Civil Rights era Deep South, an educated man of color. Although he has his own feelings of powerlessness and disgust for the present state of Jim Crow society, he is convinced by the family of a young imprisoned black man (Mekhi Phifer) to visit him in jail daily. The young man has wrongly been accused of the murder of a white man and condemned to now languish in prison without hope of release. Their subsequent dialogue and conversations explore deep philosophical meaning and expose both men's doubts about the condition and direction of mankind. From their interactions they learn more about one another and in turn themselves.

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    Drama

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    Politics, Historical, Social Issues, Crime