Harriet

Harriet

DVD - 2020
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MPAA rating: PG-13; thematic content throughout, violent material and language including racial epithets.
Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, the movie tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

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jimg2000
May 08, 2020

An uplifting biopic of Harriet Tubman, a fearless abolitionist black woman, in spite of the harrowing experience of slaves in the American South. It helps that she believed that God was always by her side. A much better film, no small part due to its excellent soundtrack, than another special biopic "Hell on the Border" about Bass Reeves, the first Black U.S. Marshal.

Note: Look for Ms Tubman's portrait on the $20 bills soon.

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samjenks
Mar 16, 2020

Fantastic movie. Cynthia talks low and fast to hide her British accent so the subtitles help.

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IrishMoon
Mar 09, 2020

Excellent film! Great for educators as well.

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dmarr150
Mar 06, 2020

Excellent movie, highly recommend.

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ABou1391
Feb 26, 2020

Liked this movie. I thought the production was low and the pacing of the narrative wasn't the best, but I am so damn happy that finally this heroine from black history's story is being told honestly. She wasn't just a nice old lady, she was a hero of the highest degree who fought a illegitimate, horrifying system of oppression. She deserves to be remembered as such.

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maipenrai
Feb 24, 2020

I have known the name Harriet Tubman for more than 50 years, but I am ashamed to say I never read her story. I found this film to be an amazing tribute to a true black super heroine. I want to know more. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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ssn1205
Feb 22, 2020

This was indeed a great film. However, I would have preferred to see the real events take place. Too often movies gloss over slavery (no violence). This is what occurred. Instead of sweeping it under the rug -- watch it, process it and seek ways to ensure this does not happen again.

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Ace4aDay
Feb 21, 2020

This film did a great job of honoring the life and accomplishments of such a historically significant figure.

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MusingBibliophile
Feb 16, 2020

While this movie is not as dramatic, intense, or gore-filled as other slave-era films such as 'Twelve Years a Slave,' 'Harriet' tells the story of the famous Underground Railroad conductor in a way that acknowledges the horrors of slavery in a way that is presentable to families.

The movie moves quickly and does not go in-depth for each of Tubman's missions. It keeps a steady pace as it shows a glimpse of the political climate during the pre-Civil War South while also telling the inspiring story. Harriet's faith in the Christian God is also a clear focus of the movie.

There is some violence, blood, and death in the film, but it does not overshadow the story of Harriet or her mission to find freedom and lead others to freedom. In no way is this movie filled with blood or gore. It utilizes the violence to tell the story of this American heroine without overusing violence. Some might say that restraint in depicting violence is a short-coming of the film and makes slavery seem tamer than what it was, but the discretion the director and producers had make this movie more accessible to those who cannot stomach the violence of other movies but still wish to partake in inspiring Black History movies.

If you are looking for a more family-friendly film to show older children in order to supplement home school curriculum, engage students in their history homework, or encourage curiosity into the Underground Railroad, this movie would be well suited as it does not contain extreme violence or nude scenes.

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lindy919
Feb 12, 2020

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Decent but disappointing.
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It's just a bland biopic - this happened, then this happened, then this happened. Why were the escapes not more exciting and dramatic? Instead, they were just like "We're leaving" and 2 minutes later "We're free! Hooray!" Movies like this are supposed to be ENGAGING to the audience (especially younger viewers) so that they want to learn more and read some books on the subject instead of just being a footnote in your 5th grade history class - 12 Years A Slave springs to mind as doing this really well. Harriet Tubman deserves much better than this shallow film.
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MusingBibliophile
Feb 16, 2020

MusingBibliophile thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Jan 06, 2020

blue_dolphin_7163 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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MusingBibliophile
Feb 16, 2020

Violence: There is physical violence as well as allusions to abuse through scars shown upon people's bodies. There are a few deaths as well. Gore and blood are present, but minimal.

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MusingBibliophile
Feb 16, 2020

Coarse Language: The N-word is used.

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jimg2000
May 08, 2020

Some quotes in IMDb, thanks to its contributors. These two are not posted:

I reasoned that there was one or two things I had a right to. Liberty or death. If I couldn't have one, I'd have the other.
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Harriet: Well, God showed me... to prepare me, I guess. But when it happened, it hurt so bad, worse than any beating, worse than the hole in my head. Hole in my head just... made God's voice more clear.
(Man wrote down silently: possible brain damage.)

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jimg2000
May 08, 2020

As memorable are the title cards on screen:

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Harriet Tubman was the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad, leading over 70 slaves to freedom.

During the Civil War, Harriet became a spy for the Union Army.

She led 150 black soldiers in the Combahee River Raid, freeing over 750 slaves.

Harriet remains one of the few women in U.S. history to lead an armed expedition.

She later remarried and dedicated her life to helping freed slaves, the elderly and Women's Suffrage.

She died surrounded by loved ones on March 10. 1913 of approximately 91 years of age.

Her last words were, "I go to prepare a place for you."

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