The Runaway

Director:   Arthur A. Seidelman
Year:   2000
Language:   English
Time:   98 minutes

This story takes place in a small, racially segregated Georgia town in 1949. Two young friends, Luke and Sonny, separated by color, fill their minds with the escapades of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn and decide to take a rafting excursion. On their journey, they come across the remains of three murdered men. The town sheriff, Frank Richards, runs up against a conspiracy of silence that apparently involves everyone in this socially separated town. The film was filmed on location in North Carolina.

Ron Raley wrote the screenplay based on the 1997 novel by Terry Kay.

"The Runaway" premiered on CBS as a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation and starred Dean Cain and Maya Angelou.

Rated PG.


This film and novel recreates life in the rural South following World War II, when men and women returned from the war deeply affected - consciously and subconsciously - by their experiences. For more information about this work, the time period, and a brief summary of Terry Kay's work, visit this site.

A complete filmography of director Arthur A. Seidelman.

Finally, to get a better understanding of Terry Kay and his Appalachian influence which is at the heart of this novel's setting and storyline, visit this site.

This film is being shown in conjunction with Shepherd University's Appalachian Heritage Writer in Residence program. For more information please visit their website.