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Selma (2014)

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A chronicle of Martin Luther King's campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.



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Won 1 Oscar. Another 57 wins & 88 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Gunnar Jahn
Girl #1
Girl #2
Girl #3
Ebony Billups ...
Girl #4
Girl #5 (as Nadej Bailey)
Elijah Oliver ...
Boy #1
Clay Chappell ...
Lee White
President's Secretary


The unforgettable true story chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay's "Selma" tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. Written by Miss W J Mcdermott

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The gripping story of Martin Luther King Jr's historic struggle for equality. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including violence, a suggestive moment, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 January 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Selma - La strada per la libertà  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$633,173 (USA) (2 January 2015)


$52,066,000 (USA) (10 April 2015)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the actors in Selma is Henry Sanders, who starred in Killer of Sheep (1978), a film that the Library of Congress declared a "national treasure" and one of the first fifty on the National Film Registry. The National Society of Film Critics selected it as one of the "100 Essential Films" of all time. In the movie Selma, Henry portrays octogenarian Cager Lee, who was brutally beaten by Alabama law enforcement officers and then would slay his grandson while he lay bloodied and helpless. See more »


At the beginning of the first march, the marchers pass an auto parts store that has a sign outside advertising "Shocks Struts (etc)". In 1965 very few cars used struts and of the ones that did, chances are very slim that they would have been available in Selma. See more »


Martin Luther King Jr.: It is unacceptable that they use their power to keep us voiceless.
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Crazy Credits

Apart from the production companies involved, there are no opening credits. See more »


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Written by Allan Rankin Jones
Performed by Sarah Vaughan
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Good Acting but Unfortunately Inaccurate
1 January 2015 | by (brooklyn) – See all my reviews

David Oyelowo played a spectacular MLK. The drama was good and it kept me entertained...like The Expendables. The movie was strongly fictionalized, unfortunately tarnishing its historical accuracy. This would have been a great movie even if it had stuck to the historical record but for Hollywood reasons (sensationalism; promoting racial discord; etc) the writer actively "reimagined" LBJs relationship with MLK to promote the idea of MLK fighting on all fronts - even against the all-powerful President who stands in his way. In fact (with plenty of recorded phone conversations, and MLKs words to back it up) LBJ and MLK worked closely in tandem to orchestrate the Civil Rights Act in '64 and Voting Rights Act in '65. This is not even debated - it's known and well recorded and understood. The fact that the film presented the opposite of the truth in this regard - for box office sales no less - is unfortunate indeed. For those who turn to Hollywood for history lessons they will see an entertaining movie but learn very little.

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