Eyes on the Prize (1987– )

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A documentary about the American Civil Rights Movement from 1952 to 1965.

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1990   1987  
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
Julian Bond ...
 Narrator (14 episodes, 1987-1990)
Eugene 'Bull' Connor ...
 Himself (archive footage) (7 episodes, 1990)


This is a documentary series about the glory years of the American Civil Rights Movement, starting in 1952 with the murder of Emmit Till and the subsequent trial and ending with the civil rights march to Selma in 1965. Along the way, the series touches on the major figures of the movement such as Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks and major incidents such as the Little Rock school riots and Montgomery, Alabama Transit Boycott. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Release Date:

21 January 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eyes on the Prize II  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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The series was unavailable from 1995-2006 due to copyright issues. Licenses for "Happy Birthday", news footage, various photographs, songs and lyrics used in the film expired in 1995, and the film Company Blackside could not afford to renew these licenses. A grant from the Ford Foundation enabled them to renew the licenses. The series was rebroadcast and released to DVD in October, 2006. See more »


Referenced in The Critic: Eyes on the Prize (1994) See more »

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Eyes On The Prize
13 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've seen the original series several times and was taken along for an emotional and intellectual journey on "modern-day" beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement. There is no way I could conceive anyone but a strident racist could not be moved by the sheer simplicity of using the churches as the center to motivate and rally black people. Dr. King is shown as a young minister developing his oratory and the narration is intense. I would have to say that my favorite segment is the at first calm eulogy offered during the funeral following the death of a marcher that becomes angered at the seeming wantoness of murder. It was so impassioned it made me guilty for not being more involved in the Movement as a teen. Buy and watch the series. It will be among the best things you will ever do!

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