Alex Haley's Queen

Alex Haley's Queen

DVD - 2008
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The remarkable history of Alex Haley's paternal side. Queen is the daughter of a slave and a plantation owner. During the turbulent decades of the antebellum South, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and beyond, she searches for a home in the two cultures and at times is shunned by both. Rejection and hate are no match for her unconquerable will.

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kpelish
Nov 26, 2018

This 3-part miniseries is the female voice of Roots, the epic tale of African-Americans' early history told through the Haley family, from slavery to the first child in college. Much like Roots, the retelling is intense and doesn't shy away from the racism and brutality that Queen experiences even as the “privileged” daughter of a first-generation Irish-American white planter and his Cherokee/African-American slave. She can pass as white---which brings its own issues. It's poignant to watch her believe her hard work during the Civil War will mean she'll be valued and kept as part of the planter's family, who are embittered by their lost world. Once she leaves the plantation, her tumultuous journey takes her through events that most people couldn't survive. The acting is occasionally wooden.

TREBREH Feb 04, 2014

This movie version is absolutely an EDUCATIONAL TOOL. Halle Berry as Queen, in her role as a truly credible and outstanding lead actress, was OUTSTANDING The method acting was hats off. Every line,of dialogue was delivered effortlessly and with precision. I first watched Queen when it debuted as a mini-series but I was quite young and did not fully grasp the concepts. But as an adult, this story totally engaged me. And as Queen's life unfolded, I feel this movie needs to be part of the schools curriculum.

lasertravis Mar 12, 2013

Ho-hum slavery to post slavery period piece starring a very young Halle Berry among others. Really drags out what could have been a pretty good story if it was cut down to a manageable size. The acting was good to fair and the aging effects were pretty good. Only watch if you just have to see the other side of Roots.

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Nov 26, 2018

Violence: Systemic violence of whites against blacks; lynching and KKK burnings; casual use of the “N” word; rape; prostitution; sexism

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