Harriet

Harriet

Blu-ray Disc - 2020
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Follows the life of American abolitionist Harriet Tubman as she escapes from slavery and leads other slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, [2020]
Copyright Date: ©2020
Branch Call Number: BLURAY DVD Harriet
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (2 hr., 5 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Walter724
Oct 27, 2020

Some parts of this movie are good...but it is VERY slow-moving.

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PDBurt
Oct 26, 2020

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?

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taferlotti
Oct 14, 2020

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.

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shrewe
Oct 09, 2020

"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...

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2020lib
Sep 27, 2020

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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LynJoan
Sep 13, 2020

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.

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jazzy4u
Sep 10, 2020

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.

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Chyrsler2020
Sep 01, 2020

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.

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vickmeister
Aug 31, 2020

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.

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graybear2
Aug 08, 2020

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.)

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2020lib
Sep 27, 2020

Coarse Language: If you ever been in the SOUTHERN UNITED STATES. It was always been known that White People always called Black People (not by their name), but as SLAVES during that time.

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MusingBibliophile
Feb 16, 2020

Violence: There is physical violence as well as allusions to abuse through scars shown upon people's bodies. There are a few deaths as well. Gore and blood are present, but minimal.

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MusingBibliophile
Feb 16, 2020

Coarse Language: The N-word is used.

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Feb 16, 2020

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Jan 06, 2020

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jimg2000
May 08, 2020

Some quotes in IMDb, thanks to its contributors. These two are not posted:

I reasoned that there was one or two things I had a right to. Liberty or death. If I couldn't have one, I'd have the other.
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Harriet: Well, God showed me... to prepare me, I guess. But when it happened, it hurt so bad, worse than any beating, worse than the hole in my head. Hole in my head just... made God's voice more clear.
(Man wrote down silently: possible brain damage.)

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jimg2000
May 08, 2020

As memorable are the title cards on screen:

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Harriet Tubman was the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad, leading over 70 slaves to freedom.

During the Civil War, Harriet became a spy for the Union Army.

She led 150 black soldiers in the Combahee River Raid, freeing over 750 slaves.

Harriet remains one of the few women in U.S. history to lead an armed expedition.

She later remarried and dedicated her life to helping freed slaves, the elderly and Women's Suffrage.

She died surrounded by loved ones on March 10. 1913 of approximately 91 years of age.

Her last words were, "I go to prepare a place for you."

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