Shadrach

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Released 1998

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Director:
Susanna Styron
Released:
1998
Rating:
PG-13

Shadrach is a dramatic, period film from Columbia Tri-Star and Millenium Films that was written and directed by Susanna Styron and is based on the short story by William Styron. Set in 1935 in Virginia, a former slave, Shadrach (John Franklin Sawyer), returns to the plantation where he was born to ask the current owners if he can be buried there. This 99-year old man asks quite the controversial question for the time since the burial of a black man on that land is in stick violation of Virginia law, however the plantations new residents take his request into consideration. When Shadrach arrives he is seemingly in a healthy condition, however, his health quickly declines. The new owners, a struggling white family of farmers known as the Dabney family do what they can to grant this man's wish. The father (Harvey Keitel) is not one for taking orders and Trixie (Andie MacDowell) and their seven children experience an unanticipated perspective on death. Martin Sheen narrates this powerful film.

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    Drama

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    Historical, Independent