The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974)

Genres - Drama, Historical Film  |   Sub-Genres - Message Movie, Historical Epic, Period Film  |   Release Date - Jan 31, 1974 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 110 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

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. 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.




Civil-Rights, cross-cultural-relations, discrimination, elderly, injustice, racism, reminiscence, slavery, survivor


High Historical Importance, High Production Values