- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 31 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 14, 2003
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Miramax
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 - English
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
A young widower (Jason Patric) comes across a beautiful runaway slave (Thandie Newton) in the woods of North Carolina in 1815, and rather than let her cruel owner catch, punish, and possibly kill her, he decides to risk his own life to help her reach freedom in the North. The film is a beautifully rendered tale of two strangers coming together in a time of crisis.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
The Journey Of The August King
This passionate, uplifting celebration of the human spirit received outstanding acclaim from critics coast-to-coast! Jason Patric (SPEED 2: CRUISE CONTROL, SLEEPERS) is August King, a young man whose life is changed forever when he risks everything to help a beautiful woman (Thandie Newton -- THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE II) on a courageous -- and very dangerous -- search for a new life. Desperate yet determined, the two set out on a harrowing journey toward freedom ... and find in each other the strength to overcome incredible odds! Also featuring Sam Waterson (LAW AND ORDER) and Larry Drake (L.A. LAW), THE JOURNEY OF THE AUGUST KING is inspiring entertainment you don't want to miss!
Set amidst the lush backdrop of North Carolina and the stunning Appalachian mountains in 1815, during the time of slavery, this touching drama portrays the spiritual and physical journey of two strangers brought together in a time of crisis. When a young slave named Annalees Williamsburg (Thandie Newton) escapes from tyrannical plantation owner Olaf Singletary (Larry Drake), her only hope for freedom is August King (Jason Patric). King, a widower, has come into town to pick up supplies when the two encounter each other. Although he knows that harboring a runaway slave is a serious crime, the moralistic King hides Annalees in his wagon and sneaks her back to his farm. This brave and decent act, however, puts the pair in peril, because the vicious Singletary will stop at nothing to get his hands on Annalees. The spirited Analees re-awakens the conscience of the grieving widower when he is faced with the moral dilemma of returning Analees to her master, who is offering a handsome reward for her head, or helping the young woman in her quest for freedom.
- Released theatrically for a two-week engagement in New York City on November 10, 1995.
- THE JOURNEY OF AUGUST KING was shown at the 1995 Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals.
- The film is based on the novel of the same name by John Ehle.
- Poet Maya Angelou narrates the film.