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Emancipation
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Emancipation (2022)

Drama Suspense War
Rated R
134 min.
Release Date
December 2, 2022 (Limited)
Digital Date
December 9, 2022 (Apple TV+)
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Running Time
134 minutes
MPAA Rating
Rated R for strong racial violence, disturbing images and language

“Emancipation” tells the triumphant story of Peter (Smith), a man who escapes from slavery, relying on his wits, unwavering faith and deep love for his family to evade cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on his quest for freedom. The film is inspired by the 1863 photos of “Whipped Peter,” taken during a Union Army medical examination, that first appeared in Harper’s Weekly. One image, known as “The Scourged Back,” which shows Peter’s... Full synopsis »

MOVIE REVIEW

Being a Black slave in the South during Civil War times was pretty awful, according to Emancipation, a movie that feels like a regurgitation of better movies. Fast-paced through and through, this Will Smith-starring Oscar wannabe unfortunately feels soulless. Full movie review »
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