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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 »

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Gunnar Jahn
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Girl #1
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Lee White
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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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One dream can change the world. See more »


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

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9 January 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Selma - La strada per la libertà  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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

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

Carmen Ejogo met with Coretta Scott King the first time she played King in 2001. King approved of her portrayal. See more »

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When Martin Luther King starts to address the SNCC for the first time, Ralph Abernathy's position changes in the first two shots. See more »

Quotes

President Lyndon B. Johnson: Either King stops or Wallace stops or I'll stop them both!
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Martin Sheen is not listed in the credits. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Dakota Johnson/Alabama Shakes (2015) See more »

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Contemporary Focus
Written & Performed by McCoy Tyner
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Excellent and moving film
24 January 2015 | by (Santa Cruz, CA) – See all my reviews

We had to see this movie after so many conflicting things were said about it. I did not go in with high expectations and was surprised to find that everything about the movie was excellent, from the casting, costumes, and sets, to the filming, script, directing, lighting effects and music. It all worked for me. I was moved and upset in all the right places, from the shocking beginning to the triumphant, and also foreboding end. The cutting in of actual film footage towards the end was welcome and not overdone or trivialized. Kind of like, let's slip the audience back into reality now. This was real. It really happened and people kept on fighting and dying for civil rights in America after the events of this movie.

I loved it. It should have gotten more Academy Award nominations than it did. Especially for the actors who played Martin and Coretta King. I can't believe they are not even Amerian actors. Nicely done accents. The actor who played LBJ was also very good, but being from Texas I was not as convinced by his accent. If I was on the Board for the Academy Awards I definitely would nominate this movie for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress - at minimum.


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