Caren Weiner Campbell
June 23, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Freedom Song

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
117 minutes
performer
Danny Glover
director
Phil Alden Robinson
distributor
Warner Home Video
author
Phil Alden Robinson
genre
Drama

We gave it an A-

If you should ever feel the urge to rent Ghosts of Mississippi, resist it (nonviolently, of course); get the TNT ’60s drama Freedom Song instead. Frustrated teen Owen (The Hurricane‘s Shannon) aches to take on the status quo — and his circumspect father (Glover). Enter the SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) organizers, with their civil rights sit-ins, and cue the racial and generational conflict. Laudably, director-cowriter Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams) generates tension even as he keeps the action believable (no gratuitous car chases!), thereby showing respect for the era’s survivors — and his audience. A-

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