A Lesson Before Dying


1h 41m 1999

Brief Synopsis

Television movie based on Ernest J. Gaines' best-selling novel. In a small Cajun community in 1940s Louisiana, a young black man named Jefferson is on death row for a murder he did not commit. Teacher Grant Wiggins tries to impart learning and pride to Jefferson before his execution.

Film Details

Also Known As
Lesson Before Dying
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Period
Release Date
1999
Location
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 41m

Synopsis

Television movie based on Ernest J. Gaines' best-selling novel. In a small Cajun community in 1940s Louisiana, a young black man named Jefferson is on death row for a murder he did not commit. Teacher Grant Wiggins tries to impart learning and pride to Jefferson before his execution.

Crew

Gary Alexander

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Charles Anders

Security

Jim Armstrong

Other

Rick Ash

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Thomas Ashburn

Other

Brian Badie

Hair Stylist

Nicole Barre

Production Assistant

Robert Benedetti

Producer

Charles C Bennett

Production Designer

Daniel Bernstein

Associate Producer

Mark D Berrend

Carpenter

Susie Blanchard

Other

Erin Borel

Assistant Production Coordinator

George R Bott

Production Assistant

Tim Bourque

Grip

Benita Brazier

Script Supervisor

Michael Brown

Editor

Robert Brubaker

Transportation Captain

Clint Buras

Electrician

Brad Burgoon

Location Assistant

Buddy Carr

Grip

Lyn Carroll

Costumes

Lavinia Charles

Consultant

Joseph Coble

Craft Service

Randall S Coe

Construction Coordinator

Tim Cohn

On-Set Dresser

Herbert Colar

Transportation Captain

Karen E Collins

Assistant Director

Ronn Cooney

Key Grip

Robert H Cooper

Special Effects

Celia D. Costas

Coproducer

Celia D. Costas

Unit Production Manager

Heather B Crane

Post-Production Coordinator

Kelly Curley

Art Director

Barbra Dannov

Assistant

Victor Davis

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Sterfon Demings

Hairdresser

Ted Demme

Executive Producer

Jaunita Diana

Post-Production Supervisor

Cougar Easley

Electrician

David Erwin

On-Set Dresser

Tracy Falco

Associate Producer

Jim Fields

Production Assistant

Sue Forrest-chambers

Makeup

Eric Frankson

Post-Production Assistant

Bob Frederickson

Other

Ernest J Gaines

Source Material (From Novel)

Scott Ganary

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Ariana Garfinkle

Production Assistant

Rick Giovinazzo

Original Music

Shay Griffin

Location Casting

Leonard Haggarty

Assistant Director

Don Hahn

Other

Ruby Hamilton

Consultant

Hope Hanafin

Costume Designer

Mitzi Haralson

Costume Supervisor

Lois Harris

Assistant

Ashley Haspel

Location Assistant

Louise Hatem

Music Producer

Bud Hayes

Carpenter

Lance Haynes

Animal Wrangler

Billy Hershey

Other

Rankin Hickman

Production Assistant

Lavelle Higgins

Electrician

Elston Howard

Location Manager

Terri Jackson

Stand-In

Chuck Jeffreys

Stunt Coordinator

Lonnie Kahoe

Grip

Larry Kaster

Gaffer

Victor Keatley

Electrician

Mary Tarry Kelly

Other

Dave Kelsey

Other

Evyen Klean

Music

Ellen M Krass

Executive Producer

Jerry Lane

Assistant Camera Operator

Celia Lauve

Costumes

Chris Ledesma

Music Editor

Shirley Libby

Sound Mixer

Patricia Serafina Madiedo

Production Supervisor

Michael S Martin

Property Master

Dena Matranga

Costumes

Catherine C Mccabe

Assistant Director

Virginia Mccollam

Consultant

Cydney Mccurdy

Casting Associate

Russ Mcelhatton

Camera Operator

Russell Mcelhatton

Camera Operator

Joe Mcjimsey

Assistant Editor

Mike Mcmahan

Transportation Coordinator

Alissa Nicole Miller

Production Coordinator

Mark Miller

Other

Donald M Morgan

Director Of Photography

David Nami

Foreman

Robert A Nelson

Dolly Grip

Gaynielle Neville

Dialect Coach

Douglas Noe

Makeup

Paul Olinde

Best Boy

Jorin Ostroska

Assistant Property Master

Ann Peacock

Screenplay

Merv Perry

Carpenter

Eric Pierson

On-Set Dresser

Drew Ponder

Boom Operator

Wynona Price

Makeup Artist

Ronald H Raschke

Assistant Camera Operator

Robi Reed-humes

Casting

Allan Rogers

Color

James Roque Jr.

Production Assistant

Terence Rosemore

Other

Alton Samuel

Dialect Coach

David Schlesinger

Set Decorator

Beatrice Scott

Assistant

Andrew Sears

Production Auditor

Michael R Seelig

Other

Bert Smith

Assistant

Michael L Smith

Grip

Paul Raymond Smith

Dialect Coach

Jeff Steele

Assistant

Barbara Ann Stein

Production Accountant

Millie Steouse

Dialect Coach

Suzanne Steouse

Dialect Coach

Joel Stillerman

Executive Producer

Ashley Sudge

Dolly Grip

Cynthia Tanner

Production Assistant

Richard Taylor

Sound Editor

Rodney Thead

Transportation Captain

Ernest Troost

Original Music

Ernest Troost

Music

Ernest Troost

Music Producer

Taqua Turner

Craft Service

Carl Walker

Dialect Coach

Michael Joseph Walsh

Assistant Camera Operator

Erik Waters

Location Assistant

Jerri Whiteman

Production Auditor

Eugene Williams

Other

Big Al Woodruff

Other

Matthew Zeringue

Carpenter

Frank Zito

On-Set Dresser

Film Details

Also Known As
Lesson Before Dying
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Period
Release Date
1999
Location
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 41m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Aired in United States May 22, 1999

Released in United States on Video September 21, 1999

Began shooting October 21, 1998.