Director: Charles Burnett

Writer(s): Andy Froemke

Starring: Unknown

Synopsis: A film about the daring theft and escape of Robert Smalls, a slave in 1862 Charleston, SC. With a crew of fellow slaves, their families and Smalls’ own wife and children on board, the young boatman risks his and their lives to steal a paddlewheel steamer. Smalls was assigned to steer the CSS Planter, a lightly armed Confederate military transport, and one night while its three officers were away, he put on the captain’s uniform and wore a straw hat similar to the captain’s and navigated it past the five forts guarding Charleston Harbor out into the Atlantic to the blockading Union Navy — and freedom.

Release Date: Unknown | Length: Unknown | Genre: Biography, Drama, History | MPAA Rating: Unknown

 

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