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Freedom Song

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Freedom Song

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
117 minutes
performer:
Danny Glover
director:
Phil Alden Robinson
distributor:
Warner Home Video
author:
75297
genre:
Drama

We gave it an A-

If you should ever feel the urge to rent Ghosts of Mississippi, resist it (nonviolently, of course); get the TNT ’60s drama Freedom Song instead. Frustrated teen Owen (The Hurricane‘s Shannon) aches to take on the status quo — and his circumspect father (Glover). Enter the SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) organizers, with their civil rights sit-ins, and cue the racial and generational conflict. Laudably, director-cowriter Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams) generates tension even as he keeps the action believable (no gratuitous car chases!), thereby showing respect for the era’s survivors — and his audience. A-

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