Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

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

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Popularity
1,356 ( 43)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 56 wins & 87 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.

Director: Lee Daniels
Stars: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack
Foxcatcher (2014)
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Mark and Dave Schultz, U.S. Olympic Wrestling champions, join Team Foxcatcher led by multimillionaire John E. du Pont as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul - but John's emotional self-destruction threatens to consume them all.

Director: Bennett Miller
Stars: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.

Director: James Marsh
Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner
Unbroken I (2014)
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Director: Angelina Jolie
Stars: Jack O'Connell, Miyavi, Domhnall Gleeson
Still Alice (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.

Directors: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Stars: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart
Lincoln (2012)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city's history.

Director: J.C. Chandor
Stars: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo
Boyhood I (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.

Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke
Wild I (2014)
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A chronicle of one woman's 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent personal tragedy.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann
Big Eyes I (2014)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A drama about the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston
The Judge (2014)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Big-city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.

Director: David Dobkin
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

One dream can change the world.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

9 January 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Selma - La strada per la libertà  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$52,066,000 (USA) (10 April 2015)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was in development for serveral years with Oyelowo's name attached. It was not until he worked with Oprah Winfrey on The Butler and influenced her to produce the film that the project was greenlight. See more »

Goofs

Toward end of the movie, a white man sits at a table smoking a cigarette. A plastic bottle of Fiji water is on the right side of the table. See more »

Quotes

President Lyndon B. Johnson: There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Martin Sheen is not listed in the credits. See more »


Soundtracks

Contemporary Focus
Written & Performed by McCoy Tyner
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A movie-of-the-week.
30 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Selma is a movie-of-the-week that didn't have to be. That an African-American woman, Ava DuVernay, directed this story is surely praiseworthy and a long time coming, but one wishes she'd realized the picture with more subtle strokes. Yes, there are a handful of beautifully poignant moments, some unspoken, but those are nearly neutralized by scenes where the dialog is so stilted with the weight of self-importance that ordinary folks sound like they're making speeches during private conversations.

Visually, the desaturated sepia look of the picture confuses. Are we watching a historical document, or are we present in the moment of 1965 with its arguably more vibrant palette? Superimposed FBI logbook entries (as scene headers) cheapen the movie and bring to mind 1970s televised crime drama. In these and other production decisions, DuVernay undermines her own noble effort.

Nevertheless, the story does move, and the inevitable violence that pushes forward the Voting Rights Act is brutal and affecting. The film's best moments come from Henry G. Sanders as Cager Lee, and between David Oyelowo and Tom Wilkinson as MLK and LBJ.


7 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why did you give "Selma" a rating of 1? Red-125
John Legend oscar speech was ignorant and insulting to slaves FrankUnderwood2016
Outright, Un-needed Lies can't ruin good film, but do degrade it kag2
The Past steve0810
The outfits Day-Dreamer_a
Britne Oldford wanlee5
Discuss Selma (2014) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?