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