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The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till (2005)

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Never-before-seen testimony is included in this documentary on Emmett Louis Till, who, in 1955, was brutally murdered after he whistled at a white woman.


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A true-to-life dramatization of the death of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a Chicago teenager who, while visiting relatives in Money, Mississippi, in August 1955, was kidnapped, tortured and ... See full summary »



Cast overview, first billed only:
Mamie Till ...
Herself (as Mamie Till Mobley)
Wheeler Parker ...
Himself (as Rev. Wheeler Parker)
Simeon Wright ...
Ruthie Mae Crawford ...
Charles Evers ...
Raymond Lockett ...
Himself (as Dr. Raymond Lockett)
Roosevelt Crawford ...
Mose Wright ...
Himself (archive footage)
Roy Bryant ...
Himself (archive footage)
J.W. Milam ...
Himself (archive footage)
Willie Reed ...
Mary Johnson ...
H. Clarence Strider ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Sheriff H. Clarence Strider)
George Smith ...
Himself (as Sheriff George Smith)


Never-before-seen testimony is included in this documentary on Emmett Louis Till, who, in 1955, was brutally murdered after he whistled at a white woman.

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Rated PG-13 for some violent images

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Release Date:

17 August 2005 (USA)  »

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$13,165 (USA) (19 August 2005)


$202,481 (USA) (17 February 2006)

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Powerful documentary of a turning point in the civil rights movement
13 December 2011 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Tremendously powerful, straightforward documentary about the horrific lynching of a black teen in 1955 Mississippi for whistling at a white woman, and the pathetic lack of justice that followed. The incident itself helped launch the modern civil rights movement.

The film is mostly simple interviews with Till's surviving family and friends, and a few other witnesses to the events , interspersed with some stills and bits of news footage from the time. But a story this strong doesn't need a lot of gloss, and if the film feels almost amateurish at moments, that pales before its heartrending, infuriating, and terrifying story, made real by the memories of those who were there.

The film was responsible for re-opening a federal investigation of the crime, 50 some odd years after the fact, with the hope of finally bring some justice and closure to the noble and brave Till family, and to all African-Americans, for whom this crime represents the worst of America.

An important moment in recent history that should never be forgotten

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