Alex Haley's Queen
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"There are two sides to every story", or so the saying goes. For best-selling author Alex Haley, one side was Roots – the towering chronicle tracing seven generations of his mother's family. The other side comes to the screen in Alex Haley's Queen, the remarkable history of a paternal side of the author's family. David L. Wolper (Roots, The Thorn Birds) is the executive producer of this acclaimed adaption of the story Haley was working on when he died. Oscar® and Emmy® winner Halle Berry plays Queen, daughter of a slave and a plantation owner. During the turbulent decades of the antebellum South, the Civil War, Reconstruction and beyond, she searches for a home in the two cultures of her heritage – and at times is shunned by both. But rejection and hate are no match for her unconquerable will. Ann-Margret, Danny Glover, Martin Sheen and Ossie Davis also star in this poignant, uplifting final chapter of the Haley legacy.]]>
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To respond to some concerns about the DVD, they did not leave any parts of the movie out. When the first episode ends, be sure to go to the main menu and choose Episode two. That will show the parts of the film that people say are missing.
Also, coming from someone who has read the book more than once, no character in the film is random. They are all there for a purpose and their story is relevant to Queen's life in the book.
Halle Berry plays the late Alex Haley's paternal grandmother,
the ever strong, fiery and resilient Queen!!--This story is
a tour de force and has an excellent supporting cast.
This was Alex Haley's last work before he passed away a year
or two before this was first aired.
As I said, all of the cast shine in this and it makes a
great addition to your DVD collection and brilliantly caps
off the "ROOTS" saga!!
I must say that I have not finished reading the original novel (it is quite long and difficult to complete given the fact the first few chapters date back to Ireland). But this movie version is absolutely INCREDIBLE. Halle Berry as Queen, in her first role as a truly credible and outstanding lead actress, was FLAWLESS. Every line, EVERY SINGLE LINE of dialogue was delivered effortlessly and with almost deadly precision. I first watched Queen when it debuted as a mini-series but I was quite young and did not fully grasp the concepts. But as an adult, this story totally enveloped me. And as Queen's life unfolded, I felt as though a part of me opened as well.
All the actors did an outstanding job, particularly Ann-Margaret, Tim Daly, and the ever-radiant Jasmine Guy as Queen's slave-born mother. It is a long movie and can become emotionally taxing, but if you can spare it, all 283 minutes are worth the time.
If you are thinking of getting this movie afte seeing it on TV then get it. It took forever and many petitions to get it on DVD. You will find Halle Berry's performance amazing of course. And the all star cast was incredible. Enjoy.
That out of the way, I must say that I really enjoyed this last recorded masterpiece from the late Alex Haley; he is the one who got me interested in my own family history and genealogy, what with the thorough way he tracked not only his mother's side of the family, but also his father's. Halle Berry does an excellent job as the title character, perfectly conveying her struggles, her hopes, her dreams, her fears, and her courage as a biracial black woman in the 19th century South. In a world that demeaned African Americans, Queen fought to be seen, heard, and, above all, respected. There are several emotional scenes that take place throughout the movie, and they can be hard to watch. Yet, it also gives one a sense of pride because despite all that befell those men and women, the evil slave owners and those who adopted similar attitudes and views toward black people could not break their spirit.
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Arrived prompt and have not seen it yet, but I am sure it will be aa great moviePublished 2 days ago by Angela G. Lawless
It is perfect and it arrived in perfect condition. I have viewed it and everything is fine. I love it.Published 2 months ago by Joan A., Calton
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