A House Divided


1h 40m 2000

Brief Synopsis

David Dickson is a wealthy plantation owner in antebellum Georgia who fathers Amanda by raping one of his slaves, Julia. Julia relinquishes Amanda to the Dicksons, realizing that her baby will be raised free because she was born with fair skin. Amanda is raised and educated by her father and grandmo

Film Details

Also Known As
Amanda America, Dickson Family Saga, House Divided
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Period
Release Date
2000
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

Synopsis

David Dickson is a wealthy plantation owner in antebellum Georgia who fathers Amanda by raping one of his slaves, Julia. Julia relinquishes Amanda to the Dicksons, realizing that her baby will be raised free because she was born with fair skin. Amanda is raised and educated by her father and grandmother as if she were white. During the Civil War, when Amanda is a grown woman, the Dicksons reveal Amanda's biracial background. Her life is turned upside down; her marriage is destroyed and she is estranged from her family. Years later, Amanda learns of her father's death and that he has left her his considerable fortune. When family members contest the will, Amanda hires an attorney, Charles Dubose, to handle the case. After mother and daughter unite, Amanda wins the difficult court battle, which makes her the largest land owner in the county and the wealthiest black person in the state of Georgia.

Crew

Jon Avnet

Executive Producer

Tim Barg

Lighting

Benjamin Beardwood

Sound Editor

Katarina Chovanec

Hair

Katarina Chovanec

Hair Stylist

Beth Colt

Producer

Wayne Corrigan

Driver

Mark Cyre

Assistant Camera Operator

Terri Dehaan

Assistant Costume Designer

Tyler Delben

Assistant Director

Gabriele Dichiara

Lighting Technician

Chris Dover

Dailies

Alta Louise Doyle

Art Director

Edward Dunlop

Casting

David Edgar

Set Decorator

Joanne Filletti

Construction

David E Fluhr

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Janice Fowlie

Production Accountant

Michael Gibbs

Lead Set Dresser

Michael Gibson

Photography

Rocco Gismondi

Assistant Director

Mike Gowland

Generator Operator

Dennis Gray

Sound Editor

Ann Hadsell

Adr Mixer

Barbara Harris

Adr Voice Casting

Juanita Holden

Art Assistant

Fritzi Horstman

Associate Producer

Kevin Hourigan

Assistant Director

Barbara Isaak

Sound Editor

Adam Jenkins

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

David Jobe

Foley Mixer

Ken S Johnson

Sound Editor

Brock Jolliffe

Special Effects Supervisor

Sandy Kaplansky

Assistant Production Coordinator

Bradley C Katona

Sound Editor

Jordan Kerner

Executive Producer

Victoria Klein

Property Master

Bev Kolbe

Location Manager

Erika Larner

Costume Supervisor

Ken Lee

Boom Operator

Kent Anderson Leslie

Source Material (From Novel)

Aaron Levy

Other

Gary Lewis

Sound Editor

Susan Longmire

Production Designer

Resa Mcconaghy

Costume Designer

Chris Mcgeary

Music Editor

Jamie Mcrae

Grip

Chris Moriana

Foley Artist

Helen Mossler

Casting Associate

John Nelles

Dialect Coach

Tom Nist

Sound Editor

Eric A Norris

Sound Editor

Ralph Osborn

Sound Editor

Richard Parker

Animal Wrangler

Sue Parker

Animal Wrangler

John Potter

Video

Paris Qualles

Screenplay

Allison Reid

Stunt Coordinator

Bryan Renfro

Stunt Coordinator

Catherine Rose

Foley Artist

Phyllis Rossheim-pierce

Co-Executive Producer

Lawrence Shragge

Music

Mark Silver

Grip

Paul Simpson

Sound Recordist

Allan Eino Snikkar

Carpenter

Ava Stone

Makeup Artist

Susan Tanton

Construction

Barry Thompson

Animal Wrangler

Susan Tonna

Production Coordinator

Nell Trafford

Assistant Camera Operator

Stephen J Turnbull

Line Producer

Stephen J Turnbull

Unit Production Manager

Henk Van Eeghen

Editor

Linda Van Eeghen

Assistant Editor

Frans Van Gerwen

Construction Coordinator

Kees Van Oostrum

Camera Operator

Kees Van Oostrum

Director Of Photography

Chris Radley Walters

Transportation Coordinator

Johnny Wersta

Dolly Grip

Bosede Williams

Script Supervisor

Kim Williams

Casting

Steven D Williams

Sound Editor

Jeff Wolpert

Music

Michael Zenon

Assistant Director

Film Details

Also Known As
Amanda America, Dickson Family Saga, House Divided
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Period
Release Date
2000
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Aired in United States July 30, 2000

Aired in United States on Video November 14, 2000

Began shooting June 21, 1999.

Completed shooting July 23, 1999.

Shown at Nortel Palm Springs International Film Festival January 13-24, 2000.

rtg MPAA R

TV rating: TV-14-D-L-S-V

Previous titles: "Dickson Family Saga" and "Amanda America."