A Lesson Before Dying (1999)
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Don Cheadle, Mekhi Phifer, and Cicely Tyson star in this drama set in the 1940s about a black man sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit and teacher who is to counsel him as he awaits execution. A Lesson Before Dying is based on a novel by Ernest J. Gaines.
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as Grant Wiggins
as Tante Lou
as Miss Emma
as Rev. Ambrose
as Vivian Baptiste
as Sheriff Guidry
as Henri Pichot
as Louis Washington
as Farrell Jareau
as Irene Cole
as Joe Claiborne
as Edna Guidry
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Critic Reviews for A Lesson Before Dying
This riveting drama stands far above most straight-to-tube efforts; in fact, its many virtues surpass many films that receive theatrical release.
What the film lacked was a tension; everything seemed too dry and predictable except for the theme, which was right on the money.
Audience Reviews for A Lesson Before Dying
The storyline is a very worthy one to tell and there was no problem with the acting abilities, but to me this film should have been more powerful to make the message and heart of the film come across better
Great book made into a good movie. It's the story of a young man named Jefferson who has been convicted of a murder he did not commit and a school teache Mr Wiggins road to redemption.
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