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A lesson before dying Cover Image DVD DVD

A lesson before dying [videorecording] / HBO NYC presents ; Spanky Pictures production in association with Ellen M. Krass Productions ; producer, Robert Benedetti ; teleplay by Ann Peacock ; directed by Joseph Sargent.

Benedetti, Robert L. (Producer). Sargent, Joseph, 1925- (Director). Peacock, Ann. (Screenwriter). Tyson, Cicely (Added Author). Phifer, Mekhi, 1975- (Added Author). Cheadle, Don. (Added Author). Gaines, Ernest J., 1933- Lesson before dying. (Added Author). HBO Video (Firm) (Added Author). Spanky Pictures (Firm) (Added Author). Ellen M. Krass Productions. (Added Author). Don Cheadle, Cicely Tyson, Mekhi Phifer. (Cast).


A frustrated teacher in a southern town, whose education is being underutilized, finds his own purpose in helping bring meaning to the last days of a young man due to be executed. In teaching one person to die with dignity, he redeems himself.

Item details

  • ISBN: 0783117159
  • ISBN: 9780783117157
  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Publisher: New York : HBO Home Video, 2010.

Contents / Notes

General Note:
Based on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines.
Originally produecd in 1999.
Special features: Interactive menus; cast and crew bios.; multiple languages; subtitle tracks; scene selections.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Director of photography, Donald M. Morgan ; editor, Michael Brown ; music, Ernest Troost.
Participant or Performer Note:
Don Cheadle, Cicely Tyson, Mekhi Phifer.
Target Audience Note:
Rated PG-13
System Details Note:
Language Note:
In English and Spanish soundtracks with English, French and Spanish subtitles; Closed-captioned.
Subject: Feature films.
Films for the hearing impaired.
African American men > Louisiana > Drama.
Death row inmates > Louisiana > Drama.
Louisiana > Race relations > Drama.
Friendship > Louisiana > Drama.
Genre: Feature films.
Films for the hearing impaired.

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