From the Back Cover
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.