Freedom Road

Overview

Muhammad Ali made his TV-movie dramatic debut in this adaptation of Howard Fast's novel Freedom Road. Though some of the names are changed, the story concerns the true-life efforts of senators Charles Sumner and Thaddeus Stevens to bring political order and racial equality to the post-Civil War South. Ali is cast as Gideon Jackson, an ex-slave who is elected to the U.S. senate during the Reconstruction Era. Interestingly enough, the character upon whom Jackson is based was depicted as the villain of D.W. ...
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Overview

Muhammad Ali made his TV-movie dramatic debut in this adaptation of Howard Fast's novel Freedom Road. Though some of the names are changed, the story concerns the true-life efforts of senators Charles Sumner and Thaddeus Stevens to bring political order and racial equality to the post-Civil War South. Ali is cast as Gideon Jackson, an ex-slave who is elected to the U.S. senate during the Reconstruction Era. Interestingly enough, the character upon whom Jackson is based was depicted as the villain of D.W. Griffith's 1915 Civil War epic Birth of a Nation. Just as Griffth offered his own biased slant on the facts, so too did Fast rewrite history to promote his own political ideology. As for Muhammad Ali, his performance is no threat to Olivier, but he acts with sincerity and a commendable lack of bravado. Made for TV, Freedom Road represented the final film effort of Czechoslovakian director Jan Kadar. It was first telecast in two parts on October 29 and 30, 1979, an event that warranted a cover story in TV Guide.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2010
  • UPC: 844628011303
  • Original Release: 1979
  • Rating:

  • Source: Tango Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 37,073

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rodney King Adams Young Marcus Jackson
Alfre Woodard Katie
Muhammad Ali Gideon Jackson
Georgia Allen Mrs. Carter
Denis Bieber
Robert Bloodworth Mayor at Convention
James Bowman 1st White Trash Delegate
Don Brady 2nd White Trash Delegate
Howard Brunner Lawyer Greene
Barbara Chaney Mrs. Ganfret
Fred Covington Sheriff Bentley
Stuart Culpepper Maj. Walsh
Ossie Davis Voice Only
Tom Delaney Will Boone
Ernest Dixon Marion Jefferson
Lionel Ferbis Jr. Uncle Baddy
Joel Fluellen James Allenby
Jean Renee Foster Ellen Allenby
Peter Gabb 3rd White Trash Delegate
Sonny Jim Gaines Brother Peter
Ira Graham Jimmy Lait
Jerome Green Black Delegate
Ron Gural Frank Carson
Edward Herrmann Stephen Holms
Bill Holliday Yankee Boss
Don Hood Gen. Ganfret
Howland Chamberlain Isaac Went
Maurice Hunt Dudley Carwell
Barbara Jones Rachel Jackson
Kris Kristofferson Abner Lait
Don K. Lutenbacher Convention Speaker
Bill Mackey Trooper
John McLiam Ulysses S. Grant
Ritchie Montgomery Soldier
Danny Nelson Auctioneer
Ron O'Neal Francis Cardozo
Afemo Omilami Young Black Man with Scars
Courtney Pledger Mrs. Dupre
David Robbins Wounded Redshirt
Tony Ross Young Jeff Jackson
Jeremiah Shabazz Well-Dressed Black Delegate
Sonny Shroyer Jason Hugar
Earl Smith Hannibal
Sylvio Tabet
Erik Washington Older Marcus Jackson
Greg White Clair Willis
Sylvia "Kuumba" Williams Louise Jefferson
William Allen Young Older Jeff Jackson
Grace Zabriskie Ruth Lait
Bob Zay Roger Dupre
Technical Credits
Ján Kadár Director
Zev Braun Executive Producer, Producer
Charles Correll Cinematographer
George Folsey Jr. Editor
David Zelag Goodman Screenwriter
Anne Goursaud Editor
Terence James Score Composer
John Loggia Production Designer
Daniel Lomino Production Designer
Bill Mackey Choreography
Leland Nolan Producer
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson Score Composer
Chet Walker Associate Producer, Producer
William Webb Set Decoration/Design
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