The events that led to the 1965's racial riots in Watts, Los Angeles, are covered by a black messenger-turned-reporter at the L.A. Times, as he was one of the first correspondents to arrive... See full summary »

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Ruthana Richardson
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Junius Johnson
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Roxie Turpin
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Bill Thomas
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Mr. Canfield
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Jason (age 12)
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Dominique Freeman
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The events that led to the 1965's racial riots in Watts, Los Angeles, are covered by a black messenger-turned-reporter at the L.A. Times, as he was one of the first correspondents to arrive at the scene. The movie also follows the troubled times he, his family and friends went through in one of the most tense and sad moments in American history. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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13 August 1990 (USA)  »

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Emeutes en Californie  »

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In two scenes Bob Richardson mentions that he's an admirer of famous journalist Edward R. Murrow in order to impress his future employers at the Los Angeles Times. The newspaper chief editor is played by David Strathairn, who played Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005). See more »

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Ruthana Richardson: Thank you, Jesus.
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18 February 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

The Watts Riots occurred six months before I was even born, but my mom still has vivid memories of what happened during that time. From what she and my late father told me the movie was an accurate portrayal of that ugly chapter in the history of the City of Los Angeles. Also, this film showed me that the conditions that led up to that riot also helped to spark an even bigger riot almost 26 years later. And much like the first riot the second riot was only a reaction to the problems that were plaguing the city of Los Angeles; a seemingly racist police chief, poor economic conditions and hopelessness in the black community. The entire cast, especially Blair Underwood and James Earl Jones, were outstanding in this historical piece. And Kevin Hooks showed that Thomas Carter wasn't the only great director to come out of the cast of "White Shadow".


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