Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble - 1999 - TV

Directed by James Keach
Airdate: October 15, 2000 - CBS

Writing credits (WGA)
Christopher Lofton 

Based on: "Fanny Kemble: Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839." Available at amazon.com

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Main Cast:
Jane Seymour .... Fanny Kemble
Keith Carradine .... Pierce Butler
Janet-Laine Green .... Elisabeth Sedgwick
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje .... Joe
James Keach .... Doctor Huston
Arlene Duncan .... Harriet
Eugene Byrd .... Jack
Sharon Washington .... Psyche
Brett Porter .... Owen Parker
Jackie Richardson .... Daphne
Dara Perlmutter .... Sarah Kemble
Alanna Delory .... Frances Kemble

Plot Outline:

Fanny Kemble is a world-famous actress on a tour in pre-Civil War America. Pierce Butler is the handsome southern gentleman who sweeps her off her feet. Fanny thinks she's finally found the love and wealth she's never had, but it comes with a horrifying price. Pierce's money is made from a brutal slave plantation in Georgia.

When the couple moves to the plantation, Fanny is faced with the appalling living conditions forced on the slaves. When she tries to improve their situation, she herself is savagely punished. Frustrated and deceived, the time has come for her to make the ultimate moral choice.

"She was one of the rarest of women. A prouder nature never affronted the long humiliation of life. She had from the first, abundantly lived." ~ Henry James


Beyond the movie in which all the actors play perfectly, you'll recognize a theme approached several times in Lady Jane's movies: a fight against injustice in spite of obstacles and the defense of a human being's regard and freedom. She portrays this behavior in her movies as well as in her life. It's also because of that we love this great lady.

Summary provided by Heléne Ducos