The Rosa Parks Story (2002)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  24 February 2002 (USA)
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A seamstress recalls events leading to her act of peaceful defiance that prompted the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnnie Carr
Von Coulter ...
Dexter King ...
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (as Dexter Scott King)
James F. Blake
Chardé Manzy ...
Young Rosa (as Charde' Manzy)
Leona Edwards McCauley
Sylvester Edwards - Rosa's Grandfather
Nick LaTour ...
Older Boycott Man
1931 Store Manager
Timothy Parham ...
Elijah Banks
Gwen Waymon ...
Jo Ann Robinson


A seamstress recalls events leading to her act of peaceful defiance that prompted the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama.

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America, 1955. Her act of courage changed the world. But how it changed her life has never been told... until now.


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24 February 2002 (USA)  »

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Ride to Freedom: The Rosa Parks Story  »

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Outstanding movie, with beautiful performances
21 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This morning, a cable channel showed "The Rosa Parks Story" since it fits in so well with Martin Luther King day.

The movie drew me in and kept me in my seat until the very last scene. While most people are aware of Ms. Parks' historical significance, the famous bus scene forms a centerpiece for the movie which is deftly surrounded by events from her childhood, her marriage to Raymond, and a stirring scene with her mother around the time of the turmoil.

It would have been so easy for such a movie to descend into preaching or overly lionize Ms. Parks. Instead, she is portrayed as a woman simply asserting her dignity as a human being. The casting for the movie was extremely strong since Angela Bassett (Rosa), and Cicely Tyson (her mother, Leona) are great actresses and Peter Francis James also does well as Raymond Parks.

Through haunting flashbacks and a scene showing Ms. Parks's struggles to register to vote, the producers succeed in showing an ugly era in America's social history without over-sensationalizing. They also manage to show that many white people in Montgomery extended kindness to her, including a wealthy woman customer at the store where she worked and an attorney who helped out with the court case.

Many scenes are emotionally stirring: you'd better have a box of tissues handy for this one!

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