Freedom Roadscreenplay by David Zelag Goodman, producer: Zev Braun. videocassette, director: Jan Kadar. Film Editing by Anne Goursaud. 2 cassettes (VHS)(186 min.), sd, col, 1/2 in. Worldvision Home Video, Worldvision Enterprises Inc, Zev Braun Inc. (1979 TV color)
Muhammad Ali plays an emancipated slave fighting for civil rights in this 1979 TV-movie.
It's set after the Civil War on the sprawling Carwell plantation in rural South Carolina, the birthplace of an illiterate runaway named Gideon Jackson (Ali), who served as a Union soldier and has now come home. A self-effacing yet commanding man, Jackson earns the respect and trust of his Carwell peers, who elect him under Reconstruction law as a: delegate to rewrite the state constitution in Charleston.
There, the country bumpkin gets a lesson in politics and teaches himself to read and write. Both educations prove valuable to Gideon as he sets out on a hard-fought struggle against intolerance and injustice that's marked by an uphill battle to buy land - and an uneasy alliance with a neighboring. share-cropper (Kris Kristofferson).
Adapted from Howard Fast's novel.
|Gideon Jackson ||Muhammad Ali|
|Abner Lait ||Kris Kristofferson|
|President Grant ||John McLiam|
|Sheriff Bentley ||Fred Covington|
|Jeff Jackson ||William Allen Young|
|Ellen ||Jean Renee Foster|
|Francis Cardozo ||Ron O'Neal|
|Stephen Holms ||Edward Herrmann|
|Rachel Jackson ||Barbara-o Jones|
|Jason Hugar ||Sonny Shroyer|
|Brother Peter ||Sonny Jim Gaines|
|Marion Jefferson ||Ernest Dixon|
|Allenby ||Joel Fluellen|
|Trooper: ||Bill Mackey|
|Hannibal ||Earl D.A. Smith|
|Lawyer Greene ||Howard Brunner|
|Went ||Howland Chamberlin |
|Narrator ||Ossie Davis|