A Lesson Before Dying

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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.

Cast

Don Cheadle
as Grant Wiggins
Cicely Tyson
as Tante Lou
Mekhi Phifer
as Jefferson
Irma P. Hall
as Miss Emma
Brent Jennings
as Rev. Ambrose
Lisa Arrindell
as Vivian Baptiste
Frank Hoyt Taylor
as Sheriff Guidry
Stuart Culpepper
as Henri Pichot
Elijah Kelley
as Clarence
Wynton Yates
as Louis Washington
Von Coulter
as Farrell Jareau
Cierra Meche
as Estelle
Walter Breaux Jr.
as Joe Claiborne
Dana Ivey
as Edna Guidry
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Critic Reviews for A Lesson Before Dying

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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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