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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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 Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat (2002) See more »

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Copyright Issues
21 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

The "Trivia" listing for this says that it is no longer being shown due to copyright issues, I am happy to report that they have all been resolved and it is playing on PBS again. The is a really great series and is currently being considered for inclusion in an upcoming series of community screenings and discussions sponsored by Filmmakers Collaborative, called Tracking the American Dream. This will examine the concept of economic upward mobility and the problems of this historical belief and the idea that anyone can grow up to become whatever one wants. It will focus on how mainstream images of the "ideal American life" shifted during various decades of the twentieth century.

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