Synopsis: Two men separated by 100 years are united in their search for freedom. In 1856 a slave, Samuel Woodward and his family, escape from the Monroe Plantation near Richmond, Virginia. A secret network of ordinary people known as the Underground Railroad guide the family on their journey north to Canada. They are relentlessly pursued by the notorious slave hunter Plimpton. Hunted like a dog and haunted by the unthinkable suffering he and his forbears have endured, Samuel is forced to decide between revenge or freedom. 100 years earlier in 1748, John Newton the Captain of a slave trader sails from Africa with a cargo of slaves, bound for America. On board is Samuel's great grandfather whose survival is tied to the fate of Captain Newton. The voyage changes Newton's life forever and he creates a legacy that will inspire Samuel and the lives of millions for generations to come.
Genre: Drama, Music
Director(s): Peter Cousens
Production: Arc Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

This story, although

set in the past, is about the future

Where I know freedom is.

In the smallest of things

I see the flicker of hope.

The keys, Samuel.


Go, boy.


No one can shackle

the hope that is hidden in our hearts.

If only you will believe it,


You're late.

I got held up.

Had to break up a fight

in one of the cabins.

Jackson! Robert!

Get the horses!

Didn't hold Jerome

long enough off cabin 15.

You go ahead.

Meet you at the bridge.

I'll fetch them dogs away.

- God help us.

- God bless you, Big Hand.

- There he is!

- Come on! Get him!

He's getting away!

Are you sure, Samuel?


Where's Big Hand?

He'll be by soon, son.

Come on.

Even as we

make our way toward freedom

Would it ever be possible to

leave behind what we'd endured?

Oh, nah-ah!

Let's go. Let's go.

Lord have mercy!


He's had enough!

- He hasn't talked.

- He is nearly unconscious.

Where are the others?

The others have vanished,

Mr. Monroe.

Praise God Almighty.

Where are they?

If they get away

because of your stupidity...

Now you leave him

strung up, yeah? Mm?

And get a hold of Plimpton.


I want my property back before


All of you! Back to work.

Come on, now.

# Swing low

# Sweet chariot

# And carry me home

# Swing low

# Sweet chariot

# Please come

and carry me home #

# If you get there

# Before I do

# Coming to carry me home

# Tell all my friends

# I'm coming too

# Coming to carry me home


Samuel Woodward?

Yes sir.

Thomas Garrett.

- Mr. Garrett.

- You must be Vanessa.

Adira? Ma'am.

And this is Jim.

Hello, son.

You've done well.

Big Hand?

I see.

Come on.

We begun our

long journey north with Mr. Garrett

On pathways known only

to the Underground Railroad.

Mr. Garrett! Come on.

Grandma. I got you.

I'm all right.

Woah, woah!

You came.

He's been waiting for you.

In here.


Woulda never happened

in his old man's day.

I heard tell...

My father was a fool, Plimpton.

Took the concept

of Christian charity too far.

Get out.

Slave's expensive, Plimpton.

And the Underground Railroad now

They are targeting

slave owners in Virginia.

I'm retired.

And there's more when

they all get recaptured.

All? What,

there's more than one?

There's Samuel, his son,

the old woman, and Vanessa.

They're gonna be easy to track.

No slave has ever escaped from

my plantation.

Why don't you send Jerome?

I want them back

before they insight the others.

Garrett's part of it.


Him and his Quaker cohort they

are a menace to our industry.

The entire economy

of Virginia is at risk.

Monroe, I am no longer

in the slave hunting business.

Now, now, you just -

you made a mistake, Plimpton.

Made you weak.

Don't let your conscience

get in the way of business.

How's 500 dollars?

I'll give you another thousand

when you bring

And that's including Vanessa.

Oh, you can't let her go,

can ya?


She's of no use to me.

She's too old and too sick.

They're gonna be headed north.

I'm sending one of my boys

with you.

I don't need a babysitter.

He will look after my interest.

They will all be in church

on Sunday.

Get yourself a shave.

You've done well.

Most don't make it this far.

We had help, Mr. Garrett.


Thank you, Mr. Garrett.

Our lives have been...

Adira's been a slave

all her life.

And my son has never seen

the sun rise

Without the threat

of a whipping.

One day, we pray.

Ain't be the white man's God

she pray to.


Freedom, Samuel.

God willing.


Why you do this, Mr. Garrett?

Sammy, you have to trust.

Like your momma trusted Monroe?

He gonna want you back, Nessa.

You're his blood.

# Twas grace that brought us

# Safe thus far

Pa used to sing that song.

He loved to sing.

You refuse to sing.

One day you will, son.

Amazing Grace.

That saved a wretch like me?

I was Jim's age

when I first heard it.

And the story of the man

who wrote it.

An infamous slave trader.

A wretch like you, Samuel.

But he loved to sing.

# Kings and queens

And oh the man in the moon #

# A broken mirror doesn't mean That

someone will die soon #

# A black cat isn't all bad luck And

redheads won't sink a boat #

# If you're drowning in the sea

Will God keep you afloat? #


Get out!

Congratulation, Captain Newton.

Thank you, Mr. Barton.

Oh, and, uh, bravo!

I remember a song you wrote

about old captain Pennrose.

Cruel, Newton, but very witty.

But I cannot believe

you actually bought shares

On the

After Pennrose died,

I acquired his half

And am now in partnership

with Amos Clowe.

Amos Clowe?

Clowe owns the slave factory

on the Plantain Islands

And this will be our

first shipment to Charleston.

I know you've had difficulties

with Amos, Newton.

He promised me

an apprenticeship, Barton

But he treated me

like an animal.

Like one of his slaves.

He actually chained

and starved me for 18 months.

It's all in the past.

It's all a means to a good end.

And now, as we always planned

You have the opportunity

to share in the profits

Captain Newton.

Now, I have to go to Charleston

to set up the slave market.

I'll meet you there

on your arrival.

Time is against us.

I need you to leave this week

To pick up the first load

in Africa.

But, Mary.

Your fiance will want

for nothing.

That's a lot of money, Newton.

Now, the first mate, Davey,

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Timothy A. Chey

Timothy A. Chey is an American film producer, writer and director. Among his films are Fakin' da Funk, Gone, Impact: The Passion of the Christ, Suing the Devil, The Genius Club, Live Fast, Die Young, Final the Rapture, Epic Journey, Freedom, David and Goliath, and Slamma Jamma. more…

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