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    The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

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    The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Poster

    Released

    1974

    Runtime

    110

    The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

    What's it About

    Originally a TV movie, "Pittman" traces the life of the title character from a childhood in slavery all the way through to the civil-rights movement. The film begins in 1962 as an aged Pittman is visited in her Baton Rouge home by journalist Quentin Lerner (Murphy), who, vetting material for a book, prompts her recall of events both tragic and inspiring over a long and rich life.

    Why we love it

    The gifted Cicely Tyson is a marvel as Jane, gradually transforming from a young girl to a wizened but still-spirited lady of 100 years. A revealing history lesson and tribute to the sturdy spirit of one human being who endured through periods of vast change, this important and touching film feeds both brain and heart. Widely recognized as a creative milestone in television programming, "Pittman" makes for ideal family viewing.