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The Journey Of August King [DVD]

Jason Patric , Thandie Newton , John Duigan    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jason Patric, Thandie Newton, Larry Drake, Sam Waterston, Sarah-Jane Wylde
  • Directors: John Duigan
  • Writers: John Ehle
  • Producers: Bob Weinstein, Borden Mace, Harvey Weinstein, Kerry Orent, Nick Wechsler
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 20 July 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001NIYIQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,858 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Farmer August King (Jason Patric) hits trouble when he reaches his town to make the final payment on his land. Two slaves have escaped from Olaf Singletary's (Larry Drake) estate and the people of the town are in a state about it. That night one of the escapees, 17-year-old Annalees Williamsburg (Thandie Newton), runs into August. August decides to help her and hide her from Olaf when he learns that she has been abused by her master - but in doing so, August is risking everything he owns. Town gossip spreads fast and the word is soon out that someone is harbouring the slaves.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An exemplary Film 9 July 2009
I'd never heard of this before it came up on TV last night: a very fine, understated historical drama, based on a novel by John Ehle, who adapted his book for the film's screenplay. The journey referenced in the title is that undertaken by Jason Patric's character, August King: a widowed homesteader in 19th-century North Carolina, he's coming back from market having bought a cow, a pig and a couple of geese with the profits of a year's work. On the way, he ends up aiding the escape of runaway slave Annalees (Thandie Newton, here following up her performance, also as a slave, in the same director's `Jefferson in Paris'), and in the process loses his newly-acquired animals and his home (it's burnt down in retribution).

In large part due to the contribution of cinematographer Slawomir Idziak, perhaps best known for his work with Krzysztof Kieslowski (this was his first American feature), it's beautiful to look at; scenes often open with lingering shots of natural details (a butterfly, a leaf, a ray of sun through the trees), and, as the film progresses, there's a dark tint at the edges of the screen and a progressive lightening in the centre which gives an almost storybook, fairytale quality to the images.

Yet this isn't a film aiming for a fairytale quality: careful attention is paid to verisimilitude in costumes, dialogue, and narrative action. There are no manufactured moments of drama, overwrought confrontations and raised voices, but, rather, successions of small incidents (usually, the risk of being discovered by other people on the trail), the gradual development of narrative dilemmas, considerations both practical and moral - all of a piece with the careful attention paid to the complexities of character, of human behaviour.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but slow-paced and pallid 17 Aug 2009
By Peter M
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One would like to like this film a lot more. There is no issue with the skilful camerawork, the acting - and certainly not with the two leads, who have a suitable level of chemistry - or the story, which is inherently interesting. But the script lacks bite, and even if the film is not entirely as predictable as one might have assumed, there is insufficient drama to stop one looking at one's watch, perhaps because the direction lacks any pace. In sum, it feels rather slow and drawn out, and the understated characters seem pallid - a period drama, a piece of Americana, rather than something that will stir the soul. Notwithstanding these comments, it is not all bad and on a different day it might have won three stars instead of just two.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars eloquently acted US period drama 18 Jan 2011
The Journey of August King, adapted from the novel of the same name by the talented, understated writer, John Ehle, is a most engaging piece of American pre-bellum drama. Plausibly acted and always understated, the viewer is allowed to contemplate the characters' actions and draw his/her own conclusions. Moving but avoids sentimentality.The cover of the DVD is not at all indicative of the type of drama it is so do not be put off by it. Reserve all judgement infact and just view it. Almost as satisfying as the novel itself. Recommended.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful movie 28 Aug 2001
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The Journey of August King is one of the best movies I've ever seen in my life. August King finally has the deed to his land and home and while he is traveling back to his home he comes across a runaway slave. The goodness in August allows him to help her. He sacrifices everything for this slave and he never asked for anything in return. The scenery in the movie is overwhelming. It's beauty is at times undescribable. There's not much dialogue in this movie but when you reach the end you're like wow, that was a great movie. I've watched this movie many times and I am still awed by it. If your looking for a truly heartwarming story this is the one. I highly recommend this movie.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent movie 4 Mar 2001
By A Customer - Published on
A moving portrayal of the conflicts surrounding slavery. It was refreshing to see the spectrum of human attitudes and emotions concerning this especially among the mountain people (black and white) of NC. The characters were warm and believable and the story flowed along well.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NC Mountain Movie 11 Jan 2001
By sharon dickerson - Published on
I loved this movie! It is appropriate for all ages to watch with the exception of one quick scene.Of course the subject matter and depth would pass over a young child's head! It is a quiet quality movie about the growth of a man's character or maybe the revealing of the strength of character that was already there! There are few characters in the movie so you can quickly form an emotional bond with or against each one! And the movie takes place in the beautiful NC mountains during another time in history!And the music is great too! I don't want to tell you about the movie just watch it and see if you don't think it's wonderful too!
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars move over Halle Berry 6 Feb 2003
By newton lee "louis" - Published on
after recently seeing "The Truth About Charlie", I was captivated by a great actress-Thandie Newton. Iwent online to find more of her films and after reading reviews purchased this film. I watched it 5 times the first week. what a phenomenal film about humanity and redemption. jason patric is out standing as a farmer driven by his conscience to help a runaway slave girl. larry drake is so real as the evil slave master, but it's thandie newton who steals the movie becoming so believable as the desperate slave girl. she's an incredible actress, far superior to any out there. i've never seen such chemistry between inter-racial couples in film as mr. patric and miss newton. the reviewerwriting this is of white descent and consider myself very credit to great actresses such as hepburn,fonda,streep,hayward etc. i've never seen an actress get more into character than Thandie Newton.Move over Halle Berry and every actress in film, Thandie Newton holds her own and is a true talent. see her in "Flirting"' "Truth About Charly", "M.I.-2" and see a great talent who is much under-rated.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Powerful Film 3 Dec 2004
By MDM - Published on
This is one of the most powerful movies I have ever seen. I would give it a 10 out of 10. Incredible. It is an uplifting film about the potential of the human spirit. This film teaches what will really heal the wounded hearts of our nations prejudice against one another, which is having love towards one another. A very moving and inspiring movie.
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