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James Earl Jones narrates this fascinating and moving documentary about the life of the assassinated black leader through various sources. | Add synopsis »
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James Earl Jones ... Biographical Narration (voice)

Ossie Davis ... Eulogy (voice) (also archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Ali ... Himself (archive footage)

Muhammad Ali ... Himself (archive footage)
Leon Ameer ... Himself (archive footage)
Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ... Himself (archive footage) (as Prince Faisal)
Vida Blue ... Himself (archive footage)
H. Rap Brown ... Himself (archive footage) (as Rap Brown)
John Carlos ... Himself (archive footage)

Stokely Carmichael ... Himself (archive footage)
Eldridge Cleaver ... Himself (archive footage)
Ella Collins ... Herself - Remarks After Death of Malcolm X (archive footage)

Angela Davis ... Herself (archive footage)
Lee Evans ... Himself - 1968 Olympics (archive footage) (as L. Evans)
Charles Evers ... Himself (archive footage)
James Farmer ... Himself - Remarks After Death of Malcolm X (archive footage)
Louis Farrakhan ... Himself (archive footage) (as Minister Farrakhan)
Ronald Freeman ... Himself - 1968 Olympics (archive footage) (as R. Freeman)
Edwin Gardner ... Himself (archive footage) (as Rev. Gardner)
Charles Garry ... Himself (archive footage)
Marcus Garvey ... Himself - in Car (archive footage)
Kenneth Gibson ... Himself (archive footage) (as Mayor Kenneth Gibson)
Arthur Goldberg ... Himself (archive footage)

Jesse Jackson ... Himself (archive footage) (as Rev. Jesse Jackson)
G. Lawrence James ... Himself - 1968 Olympics (archive footage) (as L. James)

Martin Luther King ... Himself - Remarks After Death of Malcolm X (archive footage) (as Rev. Martin Luther King)
William Kunstler ... Himself (archive footage)
Sonny Liston ... Himself - Fights Cassius Clay (archive footage)
Louis Lomax ... Himself (archive footage)
Ruchell Magee ... Himself (archive footage)
Elijah Muhammad ... Himself (archive footage)
Huey P. Newton ... Himself (archive footage) (as Huey Newton)
Bayard Rustin ... Himself (archive footage)
Betty Shabazz ... Herself (archive footage)
Raymond Sharrieff ... Himself (archive footage)
Percy Sutton ... Himself (archive footage)
Harry Taylor ... Himself (archive footage) (as Police Inspector Taylor)
Mister Walsh ... Himself (as Chief Detective Walsh)
James X ... Himself (archive footage)
Malcolm X ... Himself - Speeches, Lies in State (archive footage)
Philbert X ... Himself - Brother of Malcolm X (archive footage)
James 52X ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Fidel Castro ... Himself - Carries Rifle (archive footage) (uncredited)
Stepin Fetchit ... Unidentified Film Role (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jacqueline Kennedy ... Herself - at Funeral of JFK (archive footage) (uncredited)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself - Funeral (archive footage) (uncredited)
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself - at Funeral of JFK (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ted Kennedy ... Himself - at Funeral of JFK (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gene Roberts ... Himself (on Audubon stage after shooting) (archive footage) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
U Thant ... Himself - UN (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Arnold Perl 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alex Haley  book "The Autobiography of Malcolm X"
Arnold Perl 
Malcolm X  book "The Autobiography of Malcolm X"

Produced by
Mick Benderoth .... producer
Arnold Perl .... associate producer
Nancy Reals Perl .... producer
Marvin Worth .... producer
Sound Department
Francis J. Scheid .... sound
Editorial Department
Hubert de La Bouillerie .... additional editor (as Hubert C. de la Bouillerie)
Betty Shabazz .... thanks

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91 min
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Good Documentary Although Something is Missing, 19 May 2010
Author: Rodrigo Amaro ( from São Paulo, Brazil

My review of the documentary "Malcolm X" follows its aspects as a movie and not much of what's inside such as plot or the story of the great and controversial leader Malcolm X.

Based on Alex Haley's biographical book about Malcolm X (who also wrote the book), and narrated by James Earl Jones, Arnold Perl's documentary is a collection of archive footages of Malcolm's speeches about race, Islam, his points of view about everything. Also contains images of old films, African-American figures, interviews and many associated things. Here we got the chance to meet the man behind the powerful figure who moved a whole nation into a sometimes positive direction, and sometimes a raged direction.

If you have interest on the subject it's a great suggestion to watch but I rather say that read Alex Haley's book or watch Spike Lee's biographical epic is more interesting and much more enjoyable than this documentary. It is only speeches after speeches and interviews and James Earl Jones's voice-over appears to tell everything about Malcolm's childhood and facts that wasn't filmed. It doesn't have that trajectory side of the poor kid that grew up, made a few mistakes, robbed, was arrested, found a religion and became a spoken person for it and then was murdered. It's more focused on ideas and thoughts then to Malcolm's personal life. Lee's film was very more intense, very true to the facts and follows the book very well. But considering that this documentary was made in 1972 it's quite good actually.

Good documentary, sometimes impressive, sometimes not. 8/10

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