Freedom

2015

Freedom (2015)

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Two men separated by 100 years are united in their search for freedom. In 1856 a slave, Samuel Woodward and his family, escape from the Monroe Plantation near Richmond, Virginia. A secret network of ordinary people known as the Underground Railroad guide the family on their journey north to Canada. They are relentlessly pursued by the notorious slave hunter Plimpton. Hunted like a dog and haunted by the unthinkable suffering he and his forbears have endured, Samuel is forced to decide between revenge or freedom. 100 years earlier in 1748, John Newton the Captain of a slave trader sails from Africa with a cargo of slaves, bound for America. On board is Samuel's great grandfather whose survival is tied to the fate of Captain Newton. The voyage changes Newton's life forever and he creates a legacy that will inspire Samuel and the lives of millions for generations to come.

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Cast

David Rasche
as Jefferson Monroe
Sharon Leal
as Vanessa
Bernhard Forcher
as John Newton
Michael Goodwin
as William Garrett
Terrence Mann
as Barney Fagan
Aaron Bantum
as Jim Woodward
Daniel Gerroll
as Herbert Barton
Byron Utley
as Frederick Douglas
John Thomas Waite
as Thomas Giddens
Harry Smith
as Ship's Surgeon
Patrick Prudent
as Missouri Slave
Clemmie Evans
as Charlotte
Peter Cousens
as Seaton Cervisse
Robert Carne
as Barnaby Chase
Robert E. Morrison
as Peter Musician One
Luke Smith
as Musician Two
A. Christopher Purdy
as Captain Tom Sykes
Victor Costa
as Guard 2
Dayo Olatokun
as Slave 153
Oberon K.A. Adjepong
as Siding Slave 1
Daniel J. Watts
as Siding Slave 2
PJ Lane
as Police Bull
John Taylor
as Minister
Adéchiké Torbert
as Railroad Slave 1
Jason Herbert
as Railroad Slave 2
Terrance Thomas
as Railroad Slave 3
Ousemane Wiles
as Railroad Slave 4
Ehizoje A.
as Railroad Slave 6
Adesola Osakalumi
as Railroad Slave 5
Keith Trojanowski
as Canadian Stranger
David Michael Garry
as Siding Guard
Robert Hennessey
as Rail Police Guard
Sean Gilmore
as Train Overseer 1
Michael Souney
as Train Overseer 2
Sean Leser
as Sailor
Rod Hoell
as Store Owner
Casey Bessette
as Theater Troupe
Joshua Burkart
as Theater Troupe
Rocco Compitello
as Theater Troupe
Courtney Alexander
as Plantation Slave
Jully Anicette
as Plantation Slave
Michael Antoine
as Plantation Slave
Kayla Bailey
as Plantation Slave
Ralph T. Brown
as Plantation Slave
John Anthony West
as Slave to Take Horse
Sherese Reddick
as Sweeping House Slave
Alisha Smith
as Sweeping House Slave
Reginald Walker
as Sweeping House Slave
Ruth Davenport
as Barefoot House Slave
Phil 'Skippy' Adams
as Plantation Overseer
Phil "Skippy" Adams
as Plantation Overseer
Jeffrey Thibeult
as Plantation Overseer
Torrey Benane
as Monroe's Men
Travis Bye
as Monroe's Men
Jonathan Frost
as Monroe's Men
Jean Forestal
as Gidden's House Missouri Slave
Johnny Williams
as Gidden's House Missouri Slave
Hunter Perry
as Rachel Giddens
Dean Waters
as Checkers Player
Perry Zanett
as Checkers Partner
Larry Greeley
as Man in Rocker
Ed Ahlberg
as Pikesville Townspeople
John Basnight
as Pikesville Townspeople
Danielle Dirgo
as Pikesville Townspeople
Michael Dirgo
as Pikesville Townspeople
Anthony Discepolo
as Pikesville Townspeople
Jennifer Eagles
as Pikesville Townspeople
Jennifer Eagle
as Pikesville Townspeople
Kelly McCabe
as 1749 Tavern Serving Wench
Oscar Castillo
as Tavern Owner
Dale Appel
as Ladling Lady
William Earley
as Squeeze Box Musician
Joe Ballaro
as Whistle
James C. Burns
as Tavern Drinker
Christian Cardozo
as Tavern Drinker
Robert Chuchia
as English Churchgoers/Townspeople
Judith Dyer
as English Churchgoer/Townspeople
Wayne Washington
as African Chief
Atim P'Oyat
as Fassena's Mother
Thorpe Leeson
as "The Pegarsus" Crew
Sam Bove
as "The Pegarsus" Crew
James Kiker
as "The Pegarsus" Crew
Nichole Raab
as "The Pegarsus" Crew
Zach Wallen
as "The Pegarsus" Crew
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Critic Reviews for Freedom

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8)

This is one of those movies that is as dull as it is well-meaning and man, is it ever well-meaning.

Jun 5, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The preaching is earnest and the intentions are good, but the corn is high and the presentation is amateurish.

Jun 4, 2015 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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Top Critic

"Freedom" takes a compelling chapter in American history - the flight of slaves from Southern bondage to Canada via the Underground Railroad - and flattens its drama.

Jun 4, 2015 | Full Review…

The film leaves us with the impression that slaves' survival had more to do with sheer luck than dogged resilience.

Jun 4, 2015 | Full Review…

The film tries to have the scope of "12 Years a Slave." But it's ruined by the sanctimonious songs that turn the drama into a half-baked musical. Much worse: the filmmakers' need to show that not all whites employed in the slave trade were evil.

Jun 4, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

A schmaltzy, deeply sentimentalized drama about American slavery and the rise of the Underground Railroad.

Jun 4, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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