Rent Nightjohn on DVD


1996 Rated PG-13 1hr 32m

John (Carl Lumbly) is a man of many talents, including one forbidden skill: He can read. When he teaches a young slave girl named Sarny to read and write, she learns an unforgettable lesson about the power of words and the true meaning of freedom. A wonderful movie about the power of literacy and the risk it took to educate slaves in the Ante-Bellum South before the heartbreak of the Civil War. Co-stars Beau Bridges. Charles Burnett directs.

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Movie Details

Some scenes of racial oppression and abuse
Screen formats

Full Screen 1.33:1



Closed captioned


Language and sound

English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

Other features

Color; interactive menus; scene access.