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Release Date: 1999

DVD Release Date: January 25th, 2000

PG-13|1 hr 41 min

Plot Summary
Grant Wiggins (Don Cheadle) is an African-American schoolteacher in the pre-Civil Rights Movement South who feels conflicted about his status as one of the only educated black men in his area. When Grant learns of Jefferson (Mekhi Phifer), a young black man falsely accused of killing a white shop owner, he reluctantly visits the condemned prisoner. Gradually, the two form a friendship, and Grant tries to remind Jefferson of his value as a human being.

Cast: Don Cheadle, Cicely Tyson, Mekhi Phifer, Irma P. Hall, Brent Jennings, Lisa Arrindell Anderson, Frank Hoyt Taylor, Stuart Culpepper

Director: Joseph Sargent

Genres: Drama

Keywords: Underdog, Prison, Friendship, 1940s, Emotional, School


Nominated Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special
Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Winner Outstanding Made-for-Television Movie
Winner Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special