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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 & Crew

Don Cheadle
Grant Wiggins
Brent Jennings
Reverend Ambrose
Frank Hoyt Taylor
Sheriff Guidry
Wynton Yates
Louis Washington
Clay Chappel
Deputy Paul
Von Coulter
Farrell Jarreau
Dana Ivey
Edna Guidry
David Kote
Bear
Danny Nelson
Mr. Grope
Ellen M. Krass
Executive Producer
Joel Stillerman
Executive Producer
Ted Demme
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for A Lesson Before Dying

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for A Lesson Before Dying

  • Aug 11, 2008
    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
    Lady D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 19, 2008
    The subject matter was compelling but the movie lacked a certain je ne sais quois.
    Ida K Super Reviewer

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