Showing Roots

Showing RootsRelease Date:   5/26/16; Lifetime
Genre:   Drama
Rating:  NR
Director:  Michael Wilson
Studio(s):   Michael Mailer Films, Upload Films
Cast:   Uzo Aduba, Maggie Grace, Adam Brody, Elizabeth McGovern, Viva Bianca, Cicely Tyson.

Story  Set in 1977, Showing Roots explores the pent up racial tensions of a small town through the eyes of two women (Maggie Grace and Uzo Aduba), who work together at the local beauty parlor.  They forge an unlikely friendship and become inspired to integrate their town when the miniseries Roots hits the airwaves – much to the dismay of those around them.  Source:  Lifetime.

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The Trip to Bountiful

The Trip to BountifulRelease Date:  March 8, 2014 (Made-for-TV; Lifetime Network)
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  Not Available
Studio:  Ostar Productions/Lifetime Television
Director:  Michael Wilson
Cast:  Cicely Tyson (Mrs. Watts), Vanessa Williams (Jessie Mae Watts), Blair Underwood (Ludie Watts), Clancy Brown (Sheriff) Keke Palmer (Thelma).

Story:  As reported on January 6, 2014 by Broadway World, The Trip to Bountiful is a television adaptation of American playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote’s Tony nominated play. Set during the final years of the Jim Crow South, the film follows one woman’s quest to reconnect with her past in order to ensure her family’s future.

In The Trip to Bountiful, Carrie Watts (Tyson, who was awarded with a Tony for her role in the Broadway revival), begrudgingly lives with her busy, overprotective son, Ludie (Underwood) and pretentious daughter-in-law, Jessie Mae (Williams). No longer able to drive and forbidden to travel alone, she wishes for freedom from the confines of the house and begs her son to take her on a visit to her hometown of Bountiful. When he refuses, Mrs. Watts is undeterred and makes an escape to the local bus station, where she befriends Thelma (Palmer), a young woman traveling home. When Ludie and Jessie Mae discover she is gone, they call in law enforcement to help, but Mrs. Watts is one step ahead of them and convinces the local sheriff to help her on her journey home to Bountiful.  (Source(s):  Broadway World).

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