A sweeping, high-profile, and ambitious musical film, “The Underground Railroad” blends two powerful, redemptive stories into the background of Gospel/blues songs.
The first story tells about a slave, Samuel Woodward, who escapes with his family to Canada. On their heels, is an obsessed slave hunter, JD Plimpton, who has never lost a slave. Along the way Samuel meets the historical luminaries like Frederick Douglass, Thomas Garrett, Harriet Tubman and other Quakers who help the slaves escape.
The second story, told in flashback, centers on John Newton, the slave-trader, who found redemption in God and surrendered his life one night in a storm. This story is the prequel to last year’s successful ‘Amazing Grace’ that focused on William Wilberforce.
Along the escape route will come the songs that have become legendary in American history: ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’, ‘I’ll Fly Away’, ‘Down By the Riverside’, ‘A City Called Heaven’ and ‘How Great Thou Art’ will help propel the movie to world-wide recognition.
Release Date: (DVD) TBA!
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