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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No doubt - best documentary ever.
21 February 2003 | by (San Jose, California) – See all my reviews

I have seen parts of the series in no fewer than 3 academic classes of varrying topics during my time at Pepperdine University. This outstanding series is professional to the core, attracting the biggest names of the day to give interviews (from both Civil Rights fighters to pro-segregationists) and give an honest look at the moment in the 1950's and 1960's. Powerfully moving, it brings me to tears each time I watch certain scenes. As comprehensive as any documentary I've seen, Eyes on the Prize gives the low down on the movement, its highs and lows, and provides a very real perspective on why the events played out as they did. A winner in every sense, I give the PBS produced Eyes on the Prize a 10/10 without a second thought.

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