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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
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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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9 July 1997 (USA)  »

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

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$130,146 (USA) (26 September 1997)
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One of the victims, Denise McNair, was a friend and classmate of future Secretary of State 'Condoleeza Rice'. See more »

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Tommy Wrenn: I used to be afraid of Bull... until I discovered he was crazy. When I discovered he was crazy my whole attitude changed. Al Hilber was at a Trailways bus depot on the corner. Ah, they were gonna' put us in the paddy wagon and take us to jail. Al Hilber was standing next to the building like this. Bull looked over at us and said, "... hey, go over and get that blind nigga' and bring him over here.
[raucously laughing]
Tommy Wrenn: . This man was insane. He's hollering across the street, "... bring that blind...
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Solid documentary, but do we need Jesse Jackson?
21 December 2002 | by (Lansing, Illinois) – See all my reviews

To begin, I enjoyed 4 Little Girls. The events of September 15, 1963 should be remembered forever - the four girls are martyrs for the fight against racism. Spike Lee did an excellent job telling the story. The video and photographs of past and present Birmingham set a great scene for those not from Alabama. The Joan Baez song is heart-breaking to say the least. My only problem with the film, and for me it was a severe problem, was the inclusion of modern-day African-American "activists" in a lame attempt to connect with the modern day.

Jesse Jackson was not needed. Reggie White was not needed. Speaking for myself only, but hoping I'm not in the minority, Jesse Jackson has no credibility. He's anywhere that has a TV camera. He's all about Jesse, positively, absolutely, and positively. I don't need "The Reverend" flapping his gums about the ramifications of the Birmingham bombing. I don't need an ex-football player telling me about the bombing either. They have nothing to do with the event, and really have no place in the film.

Generally I'm not a big Spike fan, after all, I hate the Knicks. In all fairness though, the movie was excellent. 7/10.


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