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Miss Evers' Boys (1997)

The true story of the U.S. Government's 1932 Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, in which a group of black test subjects were allowed to die, despite a cure having been developed.

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In 1932 Macon County, Alabama, the federal government launched into a medical study called The Tuskegee Study of Untreated Blacks with Syphilis. The study selected 412 men infected with the disease and faked long term treatment, while really only giving them placebos and liniments. The premise of the action was to determine if blacks reacted similar to whites to the overall effects of the disease. The experiment was only discontinued 40 years later when a Senate investigation was initiated. At that time, only 127 of the original study group were left alive. The story is told from the point of view of Nurse Eunice Evers, who was well aware of the lack of treatment being offered, but felt her role was to console the involved men, many of whom were her direct friends. In fact, the movie's name comes from the fact that a performing dancer and three musicians named their act for her - "Miss Evers' Boys". All had the disease. A romance with one goes unrequited even after he joins the Army ... Written by John Sacksteder

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Based on the true story of the infamous Tuskegee experiment. See more »

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Rated PG for theme and related elements | See all certifications »
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22 February 1997 (USA)  »

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Miss Evers' Boys - Die Gerechtigkeit siegt  »

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Eunice Evers, R.N.: I love what I'm doing here. The treatment, the program... know that I'm doing good.
Caleb Humphries: For us, sinners.
Eunice Evers, R.N.: The disease is the sin, Caleb, not the people, the disease.
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Featured in The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1998) See more »

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Show Me Lord
Music and Lyrics by Charles Bernstein
Vocals by Carmen Twillie
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brilliant
27 December 2005 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I missed the beginning of the movie and thought it was just fiction, just to find out after a few years (when Clinton announced to give an apology) that this was a true story. It was right then and there that I lost my last believe in America. The movie is brilliant and the actors did some superb work. The story gives a good view of how things could have been back then. It also shows that things happen far beyond our influence, and that we voters are not really in charge. If the story is twisted,as some say, why did they only use black people. Why did Clinton apologize? Another lie is the use of penicillin far in the fifties. Penicillin treatment started in the early forties and became standard procedure in the mid-forties. Even Al Capone was treated in penitentiary years earlier. This shows how important black people are in the USA. I know that right now these things still go on. In a few years, more black, Latino and other poor "not white" Miss Evers Boys will be discovered. Slavery never stopped. Only the methods are better disguised and refined. I hope that more of these stories will reach the world. There is way too much injustice in this world. And not only against blacks. These kind of movies raise our moral standards. Pardon my poor English.


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