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Lesson Before Dying, A

Lesson Before Dying, A

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Saturday, May 22, 1999 N/A
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  • Season: 1998-99
  • Network: HBO
  • Genre: Drama
  • Category: Movies
  • Subject Matter: Black Story, Period Piece, Social Issue
  • Based On: A Lesson Before Dying written by Ernest J. Gaines
  • Misc.: Based On Book/Play; Emmy Winner

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Plot Synopsis

Based on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines. In a small town in 1940s Louisiana a teacher in a one-room school for black kids is pushed by his Aunt's best friend to visit her godson, a young black man who sits on death row for a murder he did not commit. The teacher tries to impart courage and pride to the frightened boy before his execution. Forging a strong bond, the two men struggle to live and die with dignity.


Production Company:

  • Spanky Pictures IAW HBO NYC Productions

Production Type:

  • In-House
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