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Nightjohn (1996)

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Set in the South before the Civil War, when it was illegal for African Americans to be literate, this well-wrought made-for-television drama centers on Nightjohn (Carl Lumbly), a slave who risks his life to teach a younger slave, Sarny (Allison Jones) to read and write.

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Cast

Carl Lumbly
as Nightjohn
Bill Cobbs
as Old Man
Kathleen York
as Callie Waller
Tom Nowicki
as Dr. Chamberlaine
Joel Thomas Traywick
as Jeffrey Waller
Patty Mack
as Evelyn
Danny Nelson
as Reverend Rush
Alecia Gainey
as Sarny at 4
Shannon Eubanks
as Fanny Bowen
John P. Ford III
as Arthur Waller
John Herina
as Homer Waller
Jordan Williams
as James Waller
Bill Gribble
as Slave Trader
Bruce Evers
as Patroller No. 1
James Mayberry
as Patroller No. 2
Antwan Isaac
as Young Man
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Critic Reviews for Nightjohn

All Critics (2)

Powerful and soul-stirring drama set on a nineteenth century Southern plantation.

August 27, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nightjohn

Wonderful movie that brought to light the truths of why keeping slaves illiterate was so important to slave owners. Very touching story...chock full of some very good actors. Well done. Beau Bridges at his best.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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