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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974)





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Based on the book by Ernest Gaines, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman originally aired on CBS in 1974. In this fictionalized biography, Cicely Tyson stars as the 110-year-old Jane Pittman, who recounts the events of her life as they relate to a century of racism in America. Born into slavery in the 1860s, Jane lives through the Civil War and into the civil rights movement. A winner of multiple Emmy awards, this made-for-TV movie is appropriate for classroom use in junior high and high school. Also starring folk music legend Odetta as Big Laura.
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Cicely Tyson
as Jane Pittman
Rod Perry
as Joe Pittman
Odetta Guthrie
as Big Laura
Richard Dysart
as Master Bryant
Michael Murphy
as Quentin Lerner
Teddy Airhart
as Sheriff Guidry
Ted Arroyo
as Tee-Bob
Roy Poole
as Mr. Robert
Josephine Premice
as Madame Gautier
Katherine Helmond
as Southern Lady
Collin Wilcox Paxton
as Mistress Bryant
Eric Brown
as Jimmy at 7
Joel Fluellen
as Unc Isom
David Hooks
as Colonel Dye
Will Hare
as Albert Cluveau
Jerry Green
as Etienne
Derrick Mills
as Little Ned
Dudley Knight
as Trooper Brown
Al Scott
as Ferry Captain
Dean Smith
as Ned at 18
Carol Sutton
as Vivian
Bill Walker
as Elder Banks
Woody Chambliss
as Freedom Investigator
Barbara Chaney
as Amma Dean
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Critic Reviews for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

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By celebrating the quiet heroism of an African American woman, this moving film pays homage to the high value of freedom.

Full Review… | February 14, 2002
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Audience Reviews for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman


Thanks to US History and their Legacy of Slavery unit, we all had to see this. It wasn't too bad, especially compared to a few of the things they end up showing us... lol.

Adam Zastresek
Adam Zastresek

Story of a black woman in the South who was born into slavery in the 1850's and lives to become a part of the civil right movement in the 60's. Good movie.

Leann Dixon
Leann Dixon

Cicely Tyson ages decades in this movie and is convincing at all portrayals. I first saw this as a child and remember it still; very moving.

Bobbi aka Muffin
Bobbi aka Muffin

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