Wow, what an amazing, moving, and inspiring movie. This film has a great story from start to finish. This film shows you the story of a young girl become an elderly wise woman. She battles injustice and lost, but her faith in God and others helps her prevail. The film also has phenomenal quotes full of inspiration and spirit. This film is like wine, it may have been made in 1974 but it's age only makes it better.
A powerfully emotional performance by Cicely Tyson drives the narrative of a sometimes plodding story. While the concept of seeing the racial tensions from the Civil War up until the civil rights movement through the eyes of a single character as a witness is unique, the story itself seems to move slowly and fails to keep the audience’s attention. Overall though, this film is a great look at American history.
U.S. race relations film made for TV by a white guy... You can imagine how ''radical'' it is. Maybe it was for it's time, but nowadays it seems offensively safe. There was as much effort put in to making the audience empathise with white Americans (including slave owners!) as with the black Americans, which I wouldn't mind if at the same time there was a lot more focus on the atrocities done by the whites