The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

Cicely Tyson
Director: John Korty Cast: Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson
, Barbara Chaney
Barbara Chaney
, Richard Dysart
Richard Dysart
John Korty

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Cicely Tyson ages from 19 to 110 in the role of Jane Pittman, a fictional African-American woman whose life began in slavery and ended at the inception of the Civil Rights Movement. Northern journalist Quentin Lerner (Michael Murphy) travels to the racially polarized South of 1962 to interview Ms. Pittman for a potential book. Her life unfolds in flashbacks, many painful and unpleasant, but just as many are uplifting and hopeful. The film concludes with one of the most indelible images of all '70s television: the centenarian Jane Pittman defiantly drinking from a segregated water fountain for the first time. Based on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines and filmed on location in Baton Rouge, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman won nine Emmy Awards, including Best Actress (Tyson), Director (John Korty), and Screenplay (Tracy Keenan Wynn). The film premiered January 31, 1974, on CBS.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/11/2005
UPC: 0074645895390
Original Release: 1974
Rating: NR
Source: Classic Media
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:50:00
Sales rank: 9,034

Special Features

Closed Caption; "The Making of the Autobiography of Ms. Jane Pittman" documentary - behind the scenes footage; new interviews with Ernest J. Gaines, Odetta, director John Korty, producers Rick Rosenberg and Bob Christiansen and more; "The Writing of the Autobiography of Ms. Jane Pittman" documentary - Ernest J. Gaines gives an in-depth look at the people and places that inspired his award-winning novel; "Oral Story Telling Tradition" documentary - scholars explain the important of oral story-telling; Best Picture and Best Actress Emmy clips; Digitally remastered; Interactive menus; Scene access

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cicely Tyson Jane Pittman
Barbara Chaney Actor
Richard Dysart Master Bryant
Katherine Helmond Lady at House
Michael Murphy Quentin Lerner
Odette Actor
Joseph Tremice Actor
Joel Fluellen Unc Isom
Will Hare Elbert Cluveau
Thalmus Rasulala Ned
Dean Smith Ned - age 15
Bill Walker Edler Banks
Beatrice Winde Lena

Technical Credits
John Korty Director
Robert W. Christiansen Producer
James A. Crabe Cinematographer
Michael D. Haller Production Designer
Fred Karlin Score Composer
Sid Levin Editor
Rick Rosenberg Producer
Sandra Stewart Costumes/Costume Designer
Ted Adams Swanson Production Manager
Tracy Keenan Wynn Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. February 1962 [6:12]
2. Civil Rights [4:35]
3. Jane's Story [7:17]
4. Freedom [5:31]
5. On Their Own [7:38]
6. Jane and Ned [4:53]
7. Dye Plantation [5:56]
8. The Committee [5:33]
9. Love and Dreams [6:06]
10. A New Start [5:21]
11. Devil Horse [6:40]
12. Ned Returns [5:10]
13. Cajun Killer [6:44]
14. One Big Family [7:21]
15. The One [5:21]
16. Demonstrations [4:26]
17. The Oak Tree [8:00]
18. One Last Stand [6:49]

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