Go Tell It on the Mountain (film)

Go Tell It on the Mountain is a 1985 American made-for-television drama film directed by Stan Lathan,[1] based on James Baldwin's 1953 novel of the same name. It stars Paul Winfield, Rosalind Cash, Ruby Dee, Alfre Woodard, Douglas Turner Ward, CCH Pounder, Kadeem Hardison, Giancarlo Esposito, and Ving Rhames in his first film role.[1][2][3] The film was initially broadcast on the PBS television program American Playhouse on January 14, 1985.[4]

Go Tell It on the Mountain
Based onGo Tell It on the Mountain
by James Baldwin
Written byGus Edwards
James Baldwin
Leslie Lee
Directed byStan Lathan
StarringPaul Winfield
Rosalind Cash
Giancarlo Esposito
Douglas Turner Ward
Ruby Dee
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersRobert Geller
Lindsay Law
ProducerCalvin Skaggs
EditorJay Freund
Running time96 minutes
Production companyLearning in Focus
Original networkPBS
Original release
  • January 14, 1985 (1985-01-14)


This film adaptation of James Baldwin’s celebrated novel tells the journey of a family from the rural South to “big city” Harlem seeking both salvation and understanding and of a young boy struggling to earn the approval of a self-righteous and often unloving stepfather.



  1. ^ a b Roberts, Jerry (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 9780810863781.page 327
  2. ^ Sergio (13 October 2013). "What About That Other '12 Years A Slave' Movie?". IndieWire. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  3. ^ Sergio (13 January 2013). "What About That OTHER '12 Years A Slave' Movie?". IndieWire. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  4. ^ Bennetts, Leslie (10 January 1985). "JAMES BALDWIN REFLECTS ON 'GO TELL IT' PBS FILM". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 February 2018.

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