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Our Friend, Martin (1999)

TV-G | | Animation, Drama, Family | Video
This is the story of a black teenager named Miles, who has to go on a class field trip to the museum of learning what Martin Luther King Jr. did for humanity, he thinks that he'd rather ... See full summary »

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(as Rob Smiley),

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Mr. Harris (voice) (as Ed Asner)
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Miles' Mom (voice)
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Randy (voice)
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Martin at Age 26 (voice) (as Levar Burton)
Jessica Garcia ...
Maria (voice)
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Train Conductor (voice)
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Mrs. Peck (voice)
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Turner (voice)
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Daddy King (voice)
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Mrs. Dale (voice)
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Mr. Willis (voice)
Dexter King ...
Martin at Age 34 (voice) (as Dexter Scott King)
Yolanda King ...
Christine King (voice)
Zachary Leigh ...
Kyle (voice)
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This is the story of a black teenager named Miles, who has to go on a class field trip to the museum of learning what Martin Luther King Jr. did for humanity, he thinks that he'd rather play baseball. But the trip turns into an exciting adventure when he and his best friend, Randy, who's white, are sent back in time meeting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr at several points during his life. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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Il nostro amico Martin  »

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Trivia

Maria stating she skipped two grades in school is a reference to how Martin Luther King Jr. did the same when he was in elementary school. See more »

Goofs

On the train, the open book on the table in front of Dr. King disappears and reappears in consecutive shots. See more »

Quotes

Miles: When you're living in color, sports and entertainment are the only sure bets for making the big time.
Mrs. Clark: I'll tell that to General Colin Powell.
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Crazy Credits

Photographs from Martin Luther King's life are shown within the photo frame as the watch is set and adjusted and glows on the dresser next to it. See more »

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Friendship Train
Written by Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong
Performed by Gladys Knight & The Pips
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Elementary School Video
11 July 2001 | by (Richardson, Texas) – See all my reviews

I think that this video should be used to show elementary school students. The reason why I say that is because it teaches about the life of Martin Luther King Jr. by making a cartoon out of it (that way it would seem less brutal for youngsters when telling about the horrors that African Americans faced). Our Friend, Martin does show some actual scenes taken but it is mainly a cartoon video. I think this video was successful at talking about Martin Luther King Jr. and why he has made a huge difference today. For example, when Miles and Mr. King travel through time to the year 1998, and since Martin has been taken out of the past and into the future, he wasn't there to fight in the past (it erased everything that Martin did in the past). When Miles and Martin arrive in 1998 African Americans were going through the same turmoil as they did before Martin Luther King Jr. could fight for them. This is when you know that Martin Luther King Jr. had a great affect on the relationships of blacks and whites today. I like the movie because like I said it teaches, in a less brutal way, about the horrors faced by African Americans before Martin Luther King Jr. could fight for them. I rate this video ten out of ten and recommend it to everyone.


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