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Release Date: October 7th, 2016

DVD Release Date: January 10th, 2017

R|1 hr 58 min

Plot Summary
Nat Turner is an enslaved Baptist preacher who lives on a Virginia plantation owned by Samuel Turner. With rumors of insurrection in the air, a cleric convinces Samuel that Nate should sermonize to other slaves, thereby quelling any notions of an uprising. As Nate witnesses the horrific treatment of his fellow man, he realizes that he can no longer just stand by and preach. On Aug. 21, 1831, Turner's quest for justice and freedom leads to a violent and historic rebellion in Southampton County.

Cast: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Mark Boone Junior, Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Dwight Henry, Aja Naomi King, Esther Scott

Director: Nate Parker

Genres: Historical drama, Biography

Production Co: Mandalay Pictures, Phantom Four

Distributors: Fox Searchlight

Keywords: Emotional, Quest, Transformation, Wife, Brooding, House, Sacrifice, Intense

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  • A startling, powerful biopic. show more

  • The film offers up more than enough in terms of intelligence, insight, historical research and religious nuance as to not at all be considered a missed opportunity. show more

  • What Mr. Parker has committed to the screen is a righteously indignant, kinetic and well-acted film — Mr. Parker, as Turner, delivers a fierce, complex performance. At the same time, his film is remarkably conventional. The framing and the camera movements are all very routine, even dated; one would have said it looks like television, before television gained its current lustre. show more

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