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The Runaway [Import]

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Product Details

  • Actors: Dean Cain, Debbi Morgan, Maya Angelou
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Hallmark
  • VHS Release Date: Aug. 21 2001
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005A001
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At the birth of two babies, one white and one black, a mysterious and powerful Conjure Woman (Maya Angelou) prophesizes, "You're going to make a difference and start change." And indeed, they do. Luke Winter (Cody Newton) and Joshua "Sonny" Monroe (Duane McLaughlin) grow up as best friends in a rural Georgia town in the 1940's. On one of their youthful adventures they uncover a human bone. Their discovery leads the town's new sheriff, Frank Richards (Dean Cain), to reopen an investigation of the unsolved murders of three black men. As he doggedly pursues the case, however, he learns that most of the townspeople would prefer the truth stay hidden. With each new clue, disturbing new facts surface, making the sheriff more determined to see justice prevail. As the case threatens to split the town apart, Sonny and Luke feel pressured to confirm to the segregated ways of the past. Luke is, however, unrelenting in his conviction that skin color is no barrier to lifelong friends. Tensions rise and Sonny discovers he has become the main suspect in yet one more murder. A highly charged trial ensues, polarizing a town that refuses to acknowledge its past. The Runaway is a stirring story of how friendship, determination, and conviction can generate racial change in one heart or an entire town.

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Two young boys in the early 1940's, one white, the other colored, living in a small town in Georgia. Boys bound from birth by a prophesy from a "Conjure Woman" that they would bring change. A sheriff who returns from WW2 and tries to bring change to the racial discrimination and persecution that still exist. Three bodies of three murdered men found. A secret that several white men want to stay hidden. A mystery that needs unravelling.

This story will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat. Well acted, intriguing storyline. I've come away from watching this thankful that courageous men and women fought for justice and equality in the past regarding racial prejudice. Who or what the "Conjure Woman" was, I can't say, but because of the subject matter, I recommend this movie for older teens and adults. No sex or profanity, but there is some violence.
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A sobering story set in rural Georgia in the 1940s, a white boy and a black boy forging a friendship despite the horrible, unacceptable time in which they lived.

The discovery of a human bone leads the new sheriff (Dean Cain) to reopen the case of the unsolved murders of three black men. The townspeople, segregated ways, a murder, a trial give us an opportunity to watch others but also to ask ourselves - do we prefer that the truth stays hidden? The harsh reality of what happened back then is maddening and disturbing.

The friendship, commitment and loyalty are inspiring. The challenge in the movie is the same for us today - "You're going to make a difference and start the change." Let us continue to change for the better for skin colour is no barrier to friendship, love and acceptance.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x994e8828) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98f433c0) out of 5 stars One of the best that Hallmark has put out Sept. 10 2005
By thesavvybamalady - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this film; I kind of wish it would get the Oscars; Unfortunately, it was originally aired on TV: You have these two boys born on the same day; One is black and the other is white; They hook up and become the best of friends; Yet, this is 1940s Georgia; And the black boy's sister gets pregnant presumably by her white employer, then someone turns up dead and things get right ugly. Dean Cain plays the sheriff, who just coming back from WW2, wants to see the right thing done, yet, the prejudices of the time seem to want to stay the same although clearly, times were a-changing; Maya Angelou has a pivotal role as a seer; You can't help but love watching her especially when she hollers "Justice Is Served" in the courtroom. Debbie Morgan, a great yet underrated actress has the role of the black boy's mother; And a performance she gives indeed. A good Hallmark movie indeed;
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98f43414) out of 5 stars Runaway Sept. 21 2011
By Matti Kniva Spencer - Published on Amazon.com
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This movie is excellent with great performances by the entire cast especially Dean Cain who plays a sheriff in a small racist town who helps protect a young black boy from a murder he did not commit. The tension runs high in the town...and the end offers justice but until then...one is kept guessing as who the murderer is. Highly recommended!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98f436f0) out of 5 stars Excellent family movie Oct. 4 2007
By N. Bryson - Published on Amazon.com
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This an excellent film for the entire family. It is a very touching story, very entertaining and gives the family lots of topics to discuss after viewing. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98f435e8) out of 5 stars Runaway... okay... Sept. 16 2008
By Sally Seashells - Published on Amazon.com
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It was a good movie, Hallmark, and all. Kept thinking it could have been better.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98f437d4) out of 5 stars Southern comfort March 1 2013
By Nina L W - Published on Amazon.com
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If You enjoy the south where prejudice reigned but fairness prevails in spite of it, you will like this. It is a fun story along with a mystery that unravels along with a touch of romance. Nice comfortable, family type movie. I enjoyed it. As usual Dean Cain did a fine job.