A Stranger in the Kingdom

A Stranger in the Kingdom

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“Conveys the richness you experience in the literature of writers like Faulkner and Eudora Welty. Set in the 1950's, A Stranger in the Kingdom seamlessly blends rollicking comedy with morally-charged drama and taut suspense. The film is, by turns, lyrical and haunting, hilarious and hard-hitting. Filmmaker Jay Craven revels in the pastoral setting even as he exposes the hypocritical wrinkles in its craggy inhabitants."

—John Bowman, Santa Fe New Mexican

“Riveting. A delight to see.”

—The Boston Globe

“A delightful reminder that the term “independent” still can say as much about a film’s content as its financing and distribution.”

—Austin Chronicle

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A Film by Jay Craven (1998)
Based on the novel by Howard Frank Mosher
Starring Ernie Hudson, Davd Lansbury, Martin Sheen, Jean-Louisa Kelly, Jordan Bayne.

A STRANGER IN THE KINGDOM tells the story of a small Vermont town whose veneer of peace and tranquility is shattered when a black minister arrives as the town’s new pastor and, soon after, finds himself charged with adultery and the murder of a French Canadian waif passing through town on her way to pursue her Hollywood dream. Young rascal lawyer Charlie Kinneson, the local favorite son, tricks the young Canadian girl into town under false pretenses but he decides to defend the minister, placing himself at odds with family, friends, and a vanishing way of life. Inspired by true events.


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