MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 4,259 this week

Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963)

7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 248 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 9 critic

Governor George Wallace will not let two black students into an Alabama school, against the wishes of President Kennedy. Loud shouts come from both sides of the issue as JFK stands by his decisions.

Director:

(uncredited)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 640 titles
created 23 May 2011
 
a list of 77 titles
created 09 Jul 2012
 
a list of 185 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 612 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 29 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963)

Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment.
1 win. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Himself - President of the United States
George Wallace ...
Himself - Governor of Alabama
Robert F. Kennedy ...
Himself - Attorney General of the United States
Vivian Malone ...
Herself - a Negro Student
James Hood ...
Himself - a Negro Student
Michael LeMoyne Kennedy ...
Himself - Robert F. Kennedy's Son (as Michael)
Burt Marshall ...
Himself - Assistant Attorney General
Nicholas Katzenbach ...
Himself - Deputy Attorney General
John Dore ...
Himself - Deputy Attorney General
Jack Greenberg ...
Himself - N.A.A.C.P. Advisor
Creighton Williams Abrams ...
Himself - Confrontation Planner for Military (as General Abrams)
Kerry Kennedy ...
Herself - Robert F. Kennedy's Daughter
Peyton Norville ...
Himself - United States Marshal (as Marshal Norville)
Henry Graham ...
Himself - Commander of Alabama National Guard (as General Graham)
Dave McGlathery ...
Himself - a Negro Engineering Student
Edit

Storyline

Governor George Wallace will not let two black students into an Alabama school, against the wishes of President Kennedy. Loud shouts come from both sides of the issue as JFK stands by his decisions.

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 October 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Crazy Credits

With the exception of the narrator, cast members are credited orally during the movie by the narrator or by other cast members or themselves (on the telephone). See more »

Connections

Featured in Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe (circa 1856)
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1961)
Played as background music for the first Wahington, D.C. scene
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Kennedy Against Alabama
22 November 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Robert Drew's fascinating documentary takes a look at the battle between President Kennedy and Alabama Governor George Wallace. Kennedy and his brother Robert are seen trying to get Wallace to step down and allow two black students to enroll at the University of Alabama but the governor stands to his ground. After PRIMARY, director Drew was given more access to Kennedy and it's pretty clear that the two of them knew this decision would be something big so it's pretty incredible that so much was able to be captured for this film. It runs just 53-minutes but there's certainly some drama here even though you know what happened at the school. I thought the film was extremely well-made and especially towards the end when the countdown starts on getting the two students into the school. Getting to see Robert Kennedy listening to what's going on in Alabama was pretty fascinating and you can see the drama going on just by looking at his face. Also, seeing the aftermath of the events was also rather special. It's hard to believe that this film was released just a month before Kennedy was assassinated so in some ways that gives it even more power when viewed today. It's hard to believe that this type of stuff was happening such a short time ago but this documentary does a very good job at capturing the moods at the time.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
shown on Finnish TV Gilmarien

Contribute to This Page