The Wedding (miniseries)

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The Wedding
Directed by Charles Burnett
Produced by Doro Bachrach
Written by Dorothy West
Lisa Jones
Starring Halle Berry
Eric Thal
Lynn Whitfield
Music by Stephen James Taylor
Cinematography Frederick Elmes
Edited by Dorian Harris
Release dates February 22-23, 1998
Running time 135 min.
Country United States
Language English

The Wedding is a 1998 television film directed by Charles Burnett. Based on a novel by Dorothy West, it stars Halle Berry, Eric Thal, and Lynn Whitfield, and was produced by Harpo Productions. The story touches on the subjects of marriage, race, prejudice, and family in 1950s Martha's Vineyard.

The film aired on ABC on February 22 and February 23, 1998.


Shelby (Halle Berry) returns home to 'The Oval' to wed her white fiancé, Meade Howell (Eric Thal). They are not readily accepted by her mother, but in the end she understands. Shelby later meets Lute McNeil (Carl Lumbly) and questions her marrying Meade. After a racially induced incident at a local restaurant, Shelby confesses to Meade that she doesn't want to spend the rest of her life defending their relationship and asks him to give her time.

Meanwhile, Shelby's mother Corrine (Lynn Whitfield) is battling her own demons within her marriage. With flashbacks the viewer sees that her husband Clark married her not in love, but for looks. Corrine discovers that her husband is having an affair and planning to leave with the other woman when she finds tickets in his coat pocket. She burns the tickets in the bathtub and confronts him with her true feeling about their marriage later in the film.

Later when Lute's wife refuses a divorce, Lute in a rage forces her out of their home and accidentally hits his daughter with his car. After experiencing this event Shelby feels that she 'finally can see who Lute really is' and turns her heart back to Meade. The two marry in the end.

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