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Race to Freedom: The Story of the Underground Railroad
Race to Freedom The Story of the Underground Railroad
Actors: Falconer Abraham, Dwight Bacquie, Janet Bailey, Nigel Bennett, Tyrone Benskin
Director: Don McBrearty
Genres: Drama, Television, African American Cinema
NR     2001     1hr 31min

Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 01/17/2006


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Actors: Falconer Abraham, Dwight Bacquie, Janet Bailey, Nigel Bennett, Tyrone Benskin
Director: Don McBrearty
Creators: Anne Marie La Traverse, Brian Leslie Parker, Daphne Ballon, Karen King, Peter Mohan
Genres: Drama, Television, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Drama, Television, African American Cinema
Studio: Xenon
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 02/03/2001
Original Release Date: 02/19/1994
Theatrical Release Date: 02/19/1994
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad
Clob Lane | Toronto, Canada | 10/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I just watched this movie for a study in my history class, and was completely captivated. I thought it was going to be a boring
school movie, but was amazed to find otherwise. After the film ended, I was heartbroken because I wanted to watch it again. Fortunately, I know that it is available on video so I might purchase it in the near future. RACE TO FREEDOM is a superbly acted, well dramatized historical film that displays the horror
of slavery with great intelligence. This film is well scripted
and well laid out. The ending, though being very fairy-taleish
is extremely happy and when it ended, our class clapped. Hehe, and when Solomon shot the bounty hunter (from 'Cowboys Don't Cry'), our class cheered. An excellent film."
Good but still Hollywood
Mr. Nick | Staten Island, NY USA | 08/19/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is a film demonstrating the frustrating experiences and heroic attempts of abolitionists and fugitive slaves. It is a great introduction to the subject for younger viewers. Some scenes are graphic in violence (true to life). Other sequences are little more than stereotypical vehicles for a storybook happy ending. The cruelty of slavery is minimized, yet the terror of attempted escape is portrayed intensely. The streamlined representation of the Underground Railroad is romantacized and not enough credit is given to the initiative of the runaways themselves. As a film it is engaging. As a representation of history it needs a clarifying introduction."
Excellent and spell-binding movie.
Chaminade | Fort Collins, CO United States | 09/20/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This video is an excellent addition to anyone's library. It follows the journeys of four runaway slaves to the promised land in Canada. The filming is beautiful and the story heartrending and powerful. Shows the difference that human beings can make by helping one another against the odds. I would definitely recommend this movie."
Excellent movie!
preachgirl_tasha | Nashville, TN USA | 01/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The movie took me inside the Underground Railroad and showed how people of all walks of life were involved in assisting African-Americans in helping them cross into Canada."