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Uncle Tom's Cabin [1987]


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  • Actors: Avery Brooks, Phylicia Rashad, Bruce Dern, Kate Burton, Edward Woodward
  • Directors: Stan Lathan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Castle Pictures
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000MNV108
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,730 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This superb adaptation of Harriet Beecher Stowe's classic novel introduces Uncle Tom, a compassionate and religious man whose quiet courage and faith enables him to endure severe hardship whilst helping others attain their freedom from slavery in pre-civil war America. Revolutionary in it's day, and still a powerful work.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janc on 23 Oct. 2014
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Quite enjoyed this film, but not quite as good as I expected. I read the book years ago, so maybe that's the reason. Pleased I could get a copy, though.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Great movie 13 Sept. 2004
By Sandra M. Sauls - Published on Amazon.com
Although it has been many years since I read the book, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I don't know how well the movie follows the book; its been too long since I read the book, and I don't remember all the details, but the story makes a strong statement about slavery. How moving is the tremendous suffering of black families as they are ripped apart by masters and owners who refused to see them as human beings with souls; as people whom God loves; and whose misery did not go unseen by the all-seeing eye of God. No nation which professes any kind of religious belief could possibly turn a blind eye to any segment of the population which is enslaved. This movie tugs at your heartstrings as you watch men and women and children separated without regard to their family connections. Great movie!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Not Very Good 9 Jan. 2002
By Kate - Published on Amazon.com
Many books have been made into movies. When this is done, the movie is often looked at very critically and is consistently compared to the book. Too often, the movie doesn't succeed and falls short of the expectations set by the book. Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin is an example of this. The movie, Uncle Tom's Cabin, sadly, does not live up to the book.
Uncle Tom's Cabin is about two slaves who are sold from their homes in Kentucky. Uncle Tom and Eliza's son Harry are both sold to Haley, but they respond to this news differently. Eliza takes Harry and runs away to Canada. Uncle Tom accepts slavery and is sold down South.
The movie Uncle Tom's Cabin doesn't tell the story very well. It leaves out some major scenes and changes some important facts. For example, Eliza crossed the river in the spring. There was no ice to jump across so she just swam. This was an important scene in the book and the entire essence of it is missing in the movie. In addition, the Bird family is completely left out of the movie! Their role was very important in the book. It showed slavery from the viewpoint of a senator's family. Also, George Shelby was changed to Christopher Shelby in the movie. They never even told the ending in the movie! They went on to explain that a war was fought and the slaves were free, but we never find out what happens to two slaves who run away from the southern plantation owner's house. Thankfully, the plot is the same, and much of the story is still there. But these differences are very annoying and unnecessary.
I thought the movie was pretty good, but adding these scenes and correcting the mistakes would have made it much better. I liked it that this movie was formatted for movie purposes instead of a play. The camerawork was very good and made it enjoyable to watch. This movie was a good attempt at transferring Uncle Tom's Cabin to a movie.
However, despite the good qualities this movie had, I still think it had plenty of room for improvement. A few corrections, and this could have been an excellent movie. The mistakes simply made it hard to watch without getting upset. Hopefully, if they try again, they'll do better and correct their mistakes.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Samuel L. Jackson at his best 26 Dec. 2005
By William Pulgarin - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great movie. I don't know how true it is to the book, because I've never read the entire book. As an 8th grade history teacher, however, this movie is perfect when trying to show the students the reality of slavery in the antebellum South.

Tom is placed into a world of slavery. Tom is benevolent and good nature, and with slavery as the back drop to his life, the viewer is given a glimpse into the depravity of slavery. I think the movies does a great job of showing the extremes of slavery: a cruel slaver master, a angelic little girl, and humane slave owner (sounds like an oxymoron), a good slave, a bad slave...and so on.

The students really get into the movie, and they feel the saddness of slavery, which helps them understand the fight for the territorial expansion of slavery, prior to the Civil War. Great Movie!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Follows the book's story line as close as possible. 24 Dec. 2007
By S. Morris - Published on Amazon.com
Even though the actual ice crossing of Elisa was simplyfied, the movie has many scenes and dialogues that are almost identical to the book. It tries to put more emphasis on the human and religious conflicts than the movie version starring Herbert Lom as Simon Legree did, which added many scenes that were not even in the book and focused on the political issues of the time. I liked this version a lot better and would recommend it to anyone. Even though a long book like "Uncle Tom's Cabin" can never be made into a movie without skipping parts, this was a nice movie to watch, and I was not disappointed. Very recommended!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Uncle Tom's Cabin - The Movie 16 Mar. 2007
By T.M. Reader - Published on Amazon.com
This is a 90's film adaptation of Harriet Beecher Stowe's important novel by the same title. This story, and the message of the story, is of utmost significance. It is a tale in 1850's America of slave trading -- buying and selling people like they were property, and of cruel treatment that would be unacceptable for even zoo animals. Obviously, plantation life for the slaves could vary from reasonably comfortable to incredbly inhumane, depending mainly on the owner. The film story demonstrates this well.

There are glimpses of light: the strong Christian belief system and ethics among the slave population, and the good Samaritan acts and sacrifices of those who would aid them. But the general environment and theme is dark and the horror of the situation is self-evident.

I could only give this film 3 stars due the production values. Kudos to Avery Brooks (Tom), Edward Woodward (Simon Legree), and Bruce Dern (Augustine). The rest of the acting is mediocre or downright bad. The child actors are horrible. Editing is noticably choppy. Musical score is TV-like. Sound is poor. Props and costumes are pretty good (except for the steel decking and fiberglass benches on the Delta Queen). Camera work, fair to poor. In spite of "locations" ranging from Kentucky to the Canadian border, this film looks strongly as if it were almost completely shot in a single small back lot location.

Entertaining and a couple of tear-jerker moments. Historically and sociologically there is no information here that an adult American would not already be aware of, although, like the Holocaust, there are some ugly moments in history that we would do well to not completely forget.

Epic story, but not an epic movie.
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