A Lesson Before Dying
Based onErnest J. Gaines (novel)
Written byAnn Peacock
Directed byJoseph Sargent
StarringDon Cheadle
Cicely Tyson
Mekhi Phifer
Irma P. Hall
Brent Jennings
Theme music composerErnest Troost
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
CinematographyDonald M. Morgan
EditorMichael Brown
Running time105 minutes
Production companiesEllen M. Krass Productions
HBO NYC Productions
Spanky Pictures
Original release
Release22 May 1999 (1999-05-22)

A Lesson Before Dying is a 1999 American made-for-television drama film adapted from the 1993 Ernest J. Gaines novel of the same name. It won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie and a Peabody Award.

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