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9 July 1997 (USA) See more »
Birmingham, 1963. A single explosion rocked a community and awakened a sleeping nation. See more »
A documentary of the notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African American church during the Civil Rights Movement. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 7 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Solid documentary, but do we need Jesse Jackson? See more (35 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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 (also archive footage)
Florence Terrell ... Herself - School Teacher
Gwendolyn White ... Herself - School Teacher
Doris Lockhart ... Herself - Neighbor of Cynthia Wesley
Gerald Colbert ... Himself - Cynthia's Childhood Neighbor
Freeman Hrabowski III ... Himself - Cynthia's Childhood Friend (as Dr. Freeman Hrabowski III)
Shirley Wesley King ... Herself - Cynthia's Sister
Carolyn M. McKinstry ... Herself - Cynthia's Childhood Friend
David J. Vann ... Himself - Former Mayor of Birmingham
Bill Baxley ... Himself - Former Attorney General of Alabama
Albert Boutwell ... Himself - Former Mayor of Birmingham (archive footage)
Andrew Young ... Himself - SCLC (as Rev. Andrew Young)
Taylor Branch ... Himself - Author
Nadean S. Williams ... Herself - Music Teacher
Janie Gaines ... Herself - Addie Mae's Sister
Rhonda Nunn Thomas ... Herself - Denise's Childhood Friend
James Bevel ... Himself - SCLC (also archive footage) (as Rev. James Bevel)
Tommy Wrenn ... Himself - SCLC
George Wallace ... Himself (also archive footage)
Nicholas Katzenbach ... Himself - Former US Attorney General (also archive footage)
Billie Harris ... Herself - Funeral Home Director
Ricky Powell ... Himself - Denise's Childhood Friend
Lillie Brown ... Herself - SCLC

Ossie Davis ... Himself - Actor and Playwright

Mahalia Jackson ... Herself - During March on Washington (archive footage)
Barbara Nunn ... Herself - Denise's Childhood Friend
John Cross ... Himself - Former Pastor of 16th St. Baptist Church (as Rev. John Cross)
Barbara Cross ... Herself - Daughter of Reverend Cross
Morris Marshall ... Himself - 16th Street Baptist Church Member
Junie Collins ... Herself - Addie Mae's Sister
Diane Nash ... Herself - SCLC
Faye Davis ... Herself - Carole's Childhood Friend
Coretta Scott King ... Herself

Walter Cronkite ... Himself - Special Correspondent CBS News

Bill Cosby ... Himself - Educator

Jesse Jackson ... Himself - Founder of the Rainbow Push Coalition (as Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr.)
Reggie White ... Himself - Green Bay Packers (as Rev. Reggie White)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Abernathy ... Himself - with Martin Luther King (archive footage) (uncredited)
David Brinkley ... Himself - Reports on Chambliss Trial (archive footage) (uncredited)
Addie Mae Collins ... Herself (joint funeral) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eugene 'Bull' Connor ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
James Farmer ... Himself - with Freedom Riders (archive footage) (uncredited)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Spike Lee ... Interviewer (voice) (uncredited)
Denise McNair ... Herself (at family gathering) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Cynthia Wesley ... Herself (joint funeral) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Spike Lee 
Produced by
Michele Forman .... associate producer
Jacqueline Glover .... coordinating producer
Spike Lee .... producer
Daphne McWilliams .... line producer
Sheila Nevins .... executive producer
Samuel D. Pollard .... producer (as Sam Pollard)
Original Music by
Terence Blanchard 
Cinematography by
Ellen Kuras 
Film Editing by
Samuel D. Pollard  (as Sam Pollard)
Production Management
Daphne McWilliams .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
Henry DeBardeleben .... swing (as Henry Debardeleben)
Kareem Jamel Johnson .... swing
Sound Department
Tim J. Carroll .... stereo sound engineer: Dolby
Roy Clark .... assistant sound engineer
Eugene Gearty .... sound effects editor
Skip Lievsay .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Miho .... assistant sound engineer
Rolf Pardula .... additional sound recordist
Glenfield Payne .... supervising sound editor
J.T. Takagi .... sound recordist
Todd Whitelock .... sound recording engineer
Allan Zaleski .... assistant sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
John Bentham .... second assistant camera
Lamont Crawford .... key grip
Kerwin DeVonish .... second assistant camera (as Kerwin Devonish)
Carl Johnson .... gaffer
David Lee .... still photographer
Susanna Virtanen .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Colin Cumberbatch .... post-production coordinator
Peter Gonzalez .... associate editor
Noëlle Penraat .... negative cutter (as Noelle Penraat)
Dave Pultz .... color timer (as David Pultz)
Music Department
Paula Bing .... musician: flute
Terence Blanchard .... conductor: score
Terence Blanchard .... musician: trumpet
Terence Blanchard .... score producer
Emile Charlap .... music contractor
Troy Davis .... musician: drums
Lawrence Feldman .... musician: clarinet
Edward Simon .... musician: piano (as Ed Simon)
Alex Steyermark .... music supervisor
Alex Steyermark .... score producer
Blair Tindall .... musician: oboe
Reginald Veal .... musician: bass
Maisie Weissman .... music editor
Other crew
Julie Anderson .... researcher
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
Vasco Bjegovich .... production assistant
Aubrey Cummings .... production assistant
Karl Dover .... production assistant
Michael Dykes .... production assistant
James Hartel .... production assistant
Michael Jimenez .... production assistant
John Lathan .... production assistant
Eric Moore .... production assistant
Tjamal Noni .... production assistant (as Tjamal K. Noni)
Audra Polk .... production assistant
Victoria Williams .... production assistant
Jason Lampkin .... staff: 40 Acres (uncredited)
Bob Adelman .... acknowledgment: archival footage, Magnum Photos Inc.
Bruce Davidson .... acknowledgment: archival footage, Magnum Photos Inc.
Elliott Erwitt .... acknowledgment: archival footage, Magnum Photos Inc. (as Elliot Ermitt)
James Karakes .... acknowledgment: archival footage provided by
Steven Kasher .... thanks
Holly Kempner .... thanks
Tom Langston .... acknowledgment: archival footage provided by
Danny Lyon .... acknowledgment: archival footage, Magnum Photos Inc.
Chris McNair .... acknowledgment: archival footage provided by
Crew believed to be complete

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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 »
Howell Raines:A day in 1957, in the afternoon, the evening newscast, there's a piece of film of a gang of white men beating Fred Shuttlesworth, in the street outside of Phillips high school where he'd taken his children. With chains they beat him to the ground. And the reason it was riveting for me...See more »
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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Solid documentary, but do we need Jesse Jackson?, 21 December 2002
Author: JD from Lansing, Illinois

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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