American Experience: Season 6, Episode 5

Malcolm X: Make It Plain (26 Jan. 1994)

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Episode credited cast:
Herself - Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sharon 10X ...
Herself - Nation of Islam
Benjamin 2X ...
Himself - Nation of Islam
Mohmaed Al-Faysal ...
Himself - Prince of Saudi Arabia
Herself - Author
Peter Bailey ...
Himself - Harlem Resident
John Henrik Clarke ...
Himself - Friend and Historian (as John Henrick Clarke)
Ella Collins ...
Herself - Half Sister
Himself - Harlem Resident
William DeFossett ...
Himself - NYC Patrolman
Peter Goldman ...
Himself - Journalist
Alex Haley ...
Himself - Biographer
Malcolm 'Shorty' Jarvis ...
Himself - Friend
Yvonne Jones ...
Herself - Youngest Sister (as Yvonne Little)
Yuri Kochiyama ...
Herself - Harlem Activist (as Mary Kochiyama)


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A brilliant documentary for anyone (dare I say "Must-See"?)
21 September 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a great doc. It is clear, direct, pretty comprehensive and does justice to a remarkable man. Whether you love or hate him, know nothing or a lot about him, whether you're black or white, you *will* appreciate this film. As has been said before, the ending is truly tragic and left me on the verge of tears. It needs not be said that I am a follower of Malcolm and his wisdom, but regardless this is the best documentary I have ever seen. It even throws up profound thoughts relating to the man that the (excellent) film did not, or at least did not to my knowledge. For example, the idea that Malcolm was drawn to Elijah Muhammed, among other reasons, on a subconscious level because he saw him as a father figure. The brilliance of this film really shines when it subtly connects this to the tale of the father who would turn away his son if he renounced Islam, and would not care for his wellbeing. Thus, the appearances of Elijah Muhammed following Malcolm's departure from the NOI really do pull on the heart strings. 10/10

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