4 Little Girls (1997)

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A documentary of the notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African American church during the Civil Rights Movement.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maxine McNair ...
Herself - Mother of Denise McNair
Chris McNair ...
Himself - Father of Denise McNair
Helen Pegues ...
Herself - Denise's Aunt
Queen Nunn ...
Herself - Neighbor of Denise McNair
Arthur Hanes Jr. ...
Himself - Defense Attorney for Bob Chambliss
Howell Raines ...
Himself - New York Times Editor
Harold McNair ...
Himself - Denise's Uncle
Carole C. Smitherman ...
Herself - Denise's Childhood Friend (as Carole C. Smitherman Esq.)
Wamo Reed Robertson ...
Herself - Carole's Aunt
Dianne Braddock ...
Herself - Carole's Sister
Carolyn Lee Brown ...
Herself - Carole's Childhood Friend
Alpha Robertson ...
Herself - Mother of Carole Robertson
Wyatt Tee Walker ...
Himself - Former Executive Director of SCLC
Fred Lee Shuttlesworth ...
Himself - Pres. of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights
Florence Terrell ...
Herself - School Teacher


This film recounts the people and events leading up to the one of the most despicable hate-crimes during the height of the civil-rights movement, the bombing of the 16th Street Church in Birmingham, Alabama. In that attack, four little African-American girls lost their lives and a nation was simultaneously revolted, angered and galvanized to push the fight for equality and justice on. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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The story of four young girls who paid the price for a nation's ignorance. See more »





Release Date:

9 July 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Neljä pientä tyttöä  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$13,528 (USA) (11 July 1997)


$130,146 (USA) (26 September 1997)

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1.33 : 1
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Spike Lee and his wife stayed at the Tutwiler hotel while in Birmingham while filming the documentary. The hotel (then a Five Star, five Diamond hotel) was once a a nursing home for retired teachers. It's located only 5 blocks from 16th Street Baptist Church. See more »


Chris McNair: You must understand that a Bull Connor can not exist without the nods of the status quo people. You know, the big boys in any town. He can't exist without them. He may be the person who actually does the talking; but believe me the Bull Connors have the blessings of someone else.
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Referenced in Inside the Actors Studio: Episode #7.6 (2000) See more »


4 Little Girls
Written by Pantera Saint-Montaigne
Performed by Pantera Saint-Montaigne
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24 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Spike Lee did an excellent job with this documentary. I too, was extremely shocked that it did not win the Oscar the year it was nominated. One of the victims was my cousin, my fathers favorite niece at that. Growing up and learning about this tragedy first hand was very enlightening and yet tragic all at the same time. This film definitely captures the pain and suffering of my family and of the entire black community that lived through such racially biased times in Birmingham, Alabama. I think that this film should be seen by all, and not just during Black History month. In my opinion, there is no justification for the actions of those involved and it took some time and patience but they too had to pay for their crimes.

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