Lesson Before Dying, A

HBO Home Video   (1999) / Region 1
Lesson Before Dying, A

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A young man's destiny becomes a teacher's journey.

Based on the New York Times No. 1 best-selling novel and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, Don Cheadle and Cicely Tyson star in A Lesson Before Dying.

Grant Wiggins (Don Cheadle) has become resigned to racial injustice in the south. Returning to his home town with a college degree, he continues to teach in the same one-room school of his youth. Struggling to make a difference in an oppressive time and place, Grant is called upon by two local women, Tante Lou and Miss Emma, to visit the town prison. There, Jefferson, a simple young man, has been convicted of a murder he did not commit and sentenced to die like an animal. Jefferson is full of rage and resentment, and the women are convinced that somehow he must be taught to die not like an animal, but like a man. It falls upon the teacher to enrich a life he cannot save and, in so doing, somehow redeem his own, by teaching one young man...

A Lesson Before Dying


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  • Rating PG-13
  • Released:
  • Added Dec 15 1999
  • Production Year 1999
  • Empire SKU 10981
  • UPC Code 026359157028
  • Studio  HBO Home Video
  • Packaging Snap
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL
  • Subtitles English, French and Spanish


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  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
    Spanish Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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