Two men separated by 100 years are united in their search for freedom. In 1856 a slave, Samuel Woodward and his family, escape from the Monroe Plantation near Richmond, Virginia. A secret ... See full summary »


Peter Cousens


Timothy A. Chey, Peter Cousens (story editor) | 2 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Samuel
Sharon Leal ... Vanessa
David Rasche ... Jefferson Monroe
Kimberly Nichole Kimberly Nichole ... Barnyard Slave 4
William Sadler ... Plimpton
Bernhard Forcher ... John Newton
Jubilant Sykes ... Ozias
Anna Sims Anna Sims ... Mary
Aaron Bantum ... Jim
Phyllis Bash Phyllis Bash ... Adira
Michael Goodwin ... Garrett
Ben Thompson ... Willie
Gregory Russell Cook Gregory Russell Cook ... Clem
Daniel Gerroll ... Herbert Barton
Terrence Mann ... Barney Fagan


Two men separated by 100 years are united in their search for freedom. In 1856 a slave, Samuel Woodward and his family, escape from the Monroe Plantation near Richmond, Virginia. A secret network of ordinary people known as the Underground Railroad guide the family on their journey north to Canada. They are relentlessly pursued by the notorious slave hunter Plimpton. Hunted like a dog and haunted by the unthinkable suffering he and his forbears have endured, Samuel is forced to decide between revenge or freedom. 100 years earlier in 1748, John Newton the Captain of a slave trader sails from Africa with a cargo of slaves, bound for America. On board is Samuel's great grandfather whose survival is tied to the fate of Captain Newton. The voyage changes Newton's life forever and he creates a legacy that will inspire Samuel and the lives of millions for generations to come. Written by Distributor

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Two men, 100 years apart, united by amazing grace.


Drama | Music

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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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1 August 2016 | by marcialynneSee all my reviews

Great movie... great music. True historical facts are revealed at the end. It's the first movie I've ever seen that's specifically about the Underground Railroad. Beautiful scenery and costuming. At times I felt that I was watching a Broadway show... which is a definite thumbs up. Don't listen to a negative review on this movie as the subject matter is too important! Some parts of the movie are tough to watch, for sure. Learning about the person that wrote "Amazing Grace" was fascinating. No spoilers here! You can't help but fall in love with Philip Boykin!! A great performance and a great voice! Bravo!! I'll definitely recommend this movie to friends. I'm a bit surprised I didn't hear of it when it came out. I guess it was a sleeper. (I've written 9 lines... my first review. I think IMDb should change it's requirement of 10 lines to leave a review. It's too much. Make it 6, 7, or 8 lines max.)

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Release Date:

5 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Freedom See more »

Filming Locations:

Connecticut, USA


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$14,500,000 (estimated)

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