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Just on the strength of the lead actress this movie is a must see. There's always the question of historical accuracy but that's up for the viewer to further research. The special features are worth watching and I wish I had taken the time to watch the movie with the commentary playing to discover how they determined what would be included in the movie and the artistic choices they made.
Well done movie about the courage of a black woman's fight for freedom for herself and for other slaves.
Coming from a Sundown Town (Blacks had to leave prior to Sundown) and attending a university of 10,000 including a mere 4 African-American students, for me, this was a late, yet welcome lesson in African-American history. The only negative aspect was that the film is somewhat formulaic. If Harriet Tubman replaces Andrew Jackson on the 20 dollar bill, this film will become a desired asset for your next cocktail party.
With God there is always hope, otherwise this story could have turned out hopeless and gloomy. Good and evil always will be side by side, one has to choose. Looking back to the history I am grateful for Canada’s open arms. Be good to this country.
One tough women with a set of you know what. We gave it the high rating because it was a true story. She made a difference in many lives and was instrumental in freeing slaves.
A driven person on a mission and a tremendous faith in God.
Very interesting historical movie. Great acting. Impressed with all she did in real life. Details at end of movie.
small things in a movie, inattention to detail, hurried and unexplained things can ruin a good movie. Ten slaves dragging hoes on some dusty ground, jeez they'd all starve to death. How did Harriet get any food or water on her first journey? Expressionless faces. It really hurts a movie.
I looked on Wikipedia to see images of Harriet Tubman who was severe looking with possibly only a hint of a smile in one picture, so the actress chosen for this part was a good look alike.
Cynthia Erivo acted lively and cheerful in the parts when she was younger, before she fled. I don't believe she could've run off in the middle of the day totally unprepared. A bit intense in her acting if a bit haughty. Many parts were unrealistic. The movie portrayed the escapes as something easy to do other than the distances needed to be covered. At times I wondered if I was watching a hallmark movie, slightly sappy. The slave owners were depicted well, especially their treating their slaves like loved pets, but ones that could be sold or kicked around if they were in a bad mood. When president Obama was still the U.S. president in early 2016 the treasury secretary, Jack Lew put plans in motion to put Harriet Tubman's image on one side of the U.S. $20 dollar bill and have the original picture of Andrew Jackson (a slave owner) put on the other side, but in 2017 when Trump became president. The new treasury secretary, Stevin Munchin squashed the plan. Such a shame as the United States is supposed to be the land of 'The Strong and the Free'. I hope the U.S. plan for her picture to be on the 20 dollar bill is revisited in the future as it would show that equality and freedom are different from the ancient days. Who knows, maybe one of our Candian bills could repesent this aspect of freedom?
I really liked the depiction of Harriet Tubman in this movie. Sure, it could have been a BLOCKBUSTER HIT with all kinds of stars and special effects, but I feel like Harriet herself was like this amazing slow-burn of a firecracker (didn't actually know her of course). So yeah, maybe I'm way off but I really enjoyed this movie and would highly recommend it as entertaining and as an insight into an amazingly strong woman's life.
Unbelievably, the story of Harriet Tubman has not been the subject of a film before. Cythia Ervio played her in this ambitious, impassioned, somewhat flawed biopic. The first half treats her life in slavery, while the second deals with her efforts to free slaves. There are some clumsy directorial choices (namely the use of flashbacks) that sometimes get in the way of the story, but it's undeniably compelling and well-acted. Janelle Monae, Vondie Curtis-Hall, and Leslie Odom Jr. co-star. Kasi Lemmons directs. Ervio also sang the theme song. For more on the historical Underground Railroad, I'd recommend "Gateway to Freedom."
"Harriet" is the best movie that I have seen all year. Right up there with "Belle" and "Twelve Years a Slave." And, as this historical film makes clear, Harriet Tubman was not only a warrior. She was a prophet...
I never knew HARRIET TUBMAN (born 1822, died 1913) was.
This DVD version was ACTUALLY [RELEASED DATE November 2019], as shown in FILE EXPLORER on WINDOWS 10, but was changed to YEAR 2020 on Library Catalog.
Being born 60 years after Harriet Tubman died; I heard of what it must have been like, in High School classes. This 2020 re-eactment DVD Movie as same name; parts of this 2hr 5min movie where too far-fetched [in my opinion] to believe.
Not really understanding how (Cynthia Erivo) as Harriet "NEVER GOT CAUGHT FREEING SLAVES" DURING THAT TIME, is hard to comprehend. And those Mystical Reading - (Cynthia Erivo) as Harriet had in this movie, probably never happened 130-years-ago.
I loved watching parts of this movie, where GIDEON BRODESS (Joe Alwyn) spoken his parts. No matter what was happening during that scene, he always kept his cool demeanor.
I truly enjoyed the entire SOUND PRODUCTION throughout, and when Universal Pictures showed what the ACTUAL Harriet Tubman looked like @2:00:10, was gratifying to see.
Although I might have not liked parts of this 2020 DVD movie (HARRIET). At least Universal Pictures showed what it might have been like in [HER STORY - 6minutes] bonus features.
A powerful tale of a strong woman. We just don't get enough of these. They could have focused on the atrocities, all the bad things, which is typical. The female producer team spoke in the special features on how they chose to focus on what was accomplished and on hope. This made it feel different from other films. There was still the implication of darker things, but we all know about them and by looking at scars we know where they came from; we don't need to watch the beating. I was afraid that they were going to turn Harriet into a super hero and go over the top with her, but they didn't. It was just right and a very good watch with enough shades to make for great art and a great story.
How long was this? 3 hours? It was soooooo ssslllooowww. From the very beginning you knew this was a B-movie. All characters were mediocre and (spoiler: if you know your history, you knew Harriet never got caught), so the 'tense' depiction of the music missed its purpose. Waste of my time because this could have been a great movie if written by somebody else that knew how to get across what stupendous accomplishments this woman achieved. A far better idea of what its was like living on a slave plantation and giving a better relationship between master and slave.
Excellent even though filled with sadness. She was a brave woman who had divine intervention to have spared her life with the underground railroad. Did not show how the runaways found food on their long journey. Most of us could not do 100 miles which was the distance on her first escape.
A brilliant depiction of the incredible life of Harriet Tubman, who went from being a slave in the antebellum South to a fearless, determined fighter for others' rights to freedom. From the very beginning the story pulls you in, as we meet Minty, a determined, headstrong woman eager to break away from the cruel plantation life she and her fellow slaves are subjected to. She seizes the moment and breaks away, as we follow her harrowing journey to freedom and a new name, Harriet. Connecting with others who are determined to help others reach freedom, Harriet soon becomes a fierce leader in assisting others to escape, trying to elude angry plantation owners and bounty hunters eager to sell out others' lives for cash. I knock off half a point for the occasional preachy dialogue that felt a little out of place at times, but otherwise I found this a fantastic film. Cynthia Erivo was riveting as Harriet, surrounded by a strong supporting cast who helped bring this dark era to life.
For a subject this important, we thought it deserved better. Cynthia Erivo, who played the main character "Harriet" did a fine job, and a couple of the hard-to-believe incidents portrayed turned out to be true (!! we fact-checked). But the movie was just a little too formulaic to carry the weight of Tubman's accomplishments (which were mostly add-ons at the end, like after-thoughts).
That said, it's still worth watching, especially for family-viewing, as it doesn't really portray the horror of slavery in such a way as to traumatize younger viewers. (Which, of course would have made it a much more powerful movie for adults.)
Harriet Tubman earned the nickname 'Moses' as she led people from slavery to freedom with the Underground Railroad. Relying on her faith and a strong sense of self, Tubman made her first trip to Philadelphia alone and unaccompanied, leaving her family behind in the process. Over the next several years, Tubman returned to Maryland to rescue family members and fellow slaves, eventually joining the Civil War and leading the Combahee River Raid.
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.
Fantastic movie. Cynthia talks low and fast to hide her British accent so the subtitles help.