Written August 18, 2013
A eye opening film for my daughter. Her generation, I don't ,think understood what happened only 50 years ago and earlier. The biggest suprise was Oprah Winfrey, I know she is a good actress, BUT she out did herself. She gets a standing ovation from me. This is a must see movie.
Written June 03, 2015
I don't know what I was expecting from this movie, but honestly not much. I finally went to see it because there really wasn't much else playing and I wanted to see a movie. Very thought provoking and excellent acting. I learned a TON. Would highly recommend!
Written May 06, 2015
I was initially hesitant to see the movie, but I must say I am extremely happy I did. The main characters, played by Forest and Oprah, were excellent in their portrayals ... their ability to show the range of emotions needed, both subtle and overt. is outstanding. The supporting cast, from their sons, to Gooding, Jr., Howard, Marsden, Williams, Fonda, Cusack, Rickman and Schreiber were all excellent in their portrayals of those who lived during those tumultuous years. It is always heart wrenching to see what people (no matter color, or nationality) have endured throughout years and sometimes centuries, in order to make their lives better ... and just as heart wrenching to see the people that have tried to eradicate, or keep them in servitude. All those emotions and story line were so elegantly displayed in this movie. It is one for all people to see and appreciate...
Written December 19, 2014
1. Film was well done
2. educational as well as entertaining
3. Sensitive, emotional areas handled carefully, but powerfully
4. An anachronism.(when talking about equal pay during Reagan's period, it would have been said "the black man or colored or Negro, but just saying Blacks as a racial group would not have been said by the butler, he was not in tune with the terms)
5. Actors were excellent
6. Movie should be a requirement for seniors in high school because employment and history of how people were expected to work same positions, but receive unequal wages solely on how one looked and not performance.
7. A good lesson in pride, dedication, commitment to family. An example that there were also African-American stay-at- home housewives which isn't often expressed in the media.
Written August 18, 2013
The film is a 'must see.' It was well written, well directed; casting was fantastic, set design and costuming were fabulous. I graduated from high school in 1965 and there was so much that I didn't realize while living through it. But then white America wouldn't have living in California. I was not shocked, I was just amazed at how oblivious people can be to the times that they were living in.
Go see it, that your kids. Amazing.