Freedom parents guide


A universal hope not bound by race or color.

Overall B

During his desperate attempt to escape slavery, Samuel Woodward (Cuba Gooding Jr.) discovers his path towards freedom and forgiveness mirrors that of his ancestors.

Release date June 5, 2015

Violence C-
Sexual Content B+
Profanity B+
Substance Use B+

Why is Freedom rated R? The MPAA rated Freedom R for some violence.

Run Time: 98 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

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Why is Freedom rated R? Freedom is rated R by the MPAA for some violence.

Freedom is opening in limited release on June 5, 2015.

Pen and ink drawings of naked slaves are shown. Slaves live in fear of their masters. Characters are in constant peril. Slaves are shackled, sometimes with collars around their necks. Men with guns and dogs hunt down escaped slaves. A slave who is tied to a post and whipped (the beating and bloody wounds are shown) wishes he could die. Another man attempts suicide. The slave trade is depicted, with African men, women and children being branded, then chained together and packed into the cargo hold of a small ship. Deplorable living conditions cause sickness to spread among the captives - some die and are buried at sea. A storm threatens to sink a ship and the passengers aboard. The corpse of a hanged man is shown. Characters are threatened with guns, knives and other weapons, and some are shot—these killings are shown on screen with some blood effects. Fistfights are portrayed. Caring citizens put themselves at risk by helping escaped slaves to hide and find transportation to freedom.

Sexual Content:
Men talk about a master who fathered an illegitimate child with a slave woman. Couples kiss. A buxom woman is seen in a corset. Some other characters are scantily dressed.

Infrequent mild and moderate profanities are used.

Alcohol / Drug Use:
A character smokes a cigar. Characters drink alcohol.

ping the slaves deal with the injustices and inhumanities they were forced to endure? Can those tools still help people dealing with life’s challenges?

From the Studio: 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. © ARC Entertainment

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Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia Not Rated
Alberta Not Rated
Manitoba Not Rated
Ontario Not Rated
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
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Cast and Crew

Freedom is directed by Peter Cousens and stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Sharon Leal, David Rasche, William Sadler, Bernhard Forcher, Anna Sims, Michael Goodwin, Terrence Mann.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Freedom movie is July 14, 2015. Here are some details…

Freedom releases to home video (DVD) on July 14, 2015.

Related home video titles:

The movie Amazing Grace tells of the political fight to end slavery in England. Although she is raised in a life of privilege, a young black girl still wrestles to find true equality in the film Belle. A family’s historyof enslavement is told in the mini-series Roots.

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